The Minivers, an English "middle-class" family experience life in the first months of World War II. While dodging bombs, the Miniver's son courts Lady Beldon's granddaughter. A rose is ... See full summary »
Passengers on a ship traveling from Mexico to Europe in the 1930s represent society at large in that era. The crew is German, including the ship's doctor who falls in love with one of the ... See full summary »
Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and... See full summary »
By 1812, Napoleon's forces controlled much of Europe. Russia, one of the few countries still unconquered, prepares to face Napoleon's troops together with Austria. Among the Russian soldiers are Count Nicholas Rostov and Prince Andrei Bolkonsky. Count Pierre Bezukhov, a friend of Andrei's and self-styled intellectual who is not interested in fighting. Pierre's life changes when his father dies, leaving him a vast inheritance. He is attracted to Natasha Rostov, Nicholas's sister, but she is too young, so he gives in to baser desires and marries the shallow, manipulative Princess Helene. The marriage ends when Pierre discovers his wife's true nature. Andrei is captured and later released by the French, and returns home only to watch his wife die in childbirth. Months later, Pierre and Andrei meet again. Andrei sees Natasha and falls in love, but his father will only permit the marriage if they postpone it for one year until Natasha turns 17. While Andrei is away on a military mission, ... Written by
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Did you notice he almost never smiles? While I was singing, I turned around suddenly and caught him looking at me and he was smiling then. And I felt - but it's almost impossible to describe - I felt as if someone had given me the most enormous, beautiful present.
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I finally saw the complete movie on DVD (I had seen part of it once on cable some years ago). I will agree with and not expound further on many of the other comments already posted; the picture is good, the sound not so, and the acting mixed. I will, however, put in a plug for the truly great 1968 Russian version of the film. The sound is almost as bad as the Vidor film (USSR sound recording in 68 was not much better than Italy in 56)but visually there is no comparison. Bonderchuk had the full cooperation of the Soviet government, and most scenes were filmed in actual locations. The cast is unequaled in size (I forget how many 100,000 were used in the battle scenes). The acting (the original Russian, not the wooden English dubbed voices) is superior, and the casting is arguably more authentic. I will also indicate that the "standard" edited version (as offered on the Kultur label) is disappointing (not widescreen, and available only in an abridged, dubbed, version - although the sound may be slightly better). Try to find the "international" version which is uncut and offers over a dozen dubbing/subtitle options. It is a full 8 hours and ships on 5 DVDs. Although not currently available, there was a miniseries made (I believe by BBC) that featured Anthony Hopkins as Pierre. What it lacks in scope it definitely makes up for in acting and thoroughness of treatment. I am anxiously awaiting it's DVD release...
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