A Russian Prince experiences battle against Napoleon and a troubled relationship with his father and wife. Finds acceptance of her death and eventually his chance of true love. A spoiled, ... 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
Closing credits epilogue: The most difficult thing - but an essential one - is to love Life, to love it even while one suffers, because Life is all. Life is God, and to love Life means to love God. Tolstoy "WAR and PEACE" See more »
What a wonderful film this is. Its greatest achievement is the depiction of the Russians as human beings. Too often they are portrayed by the western people as ignorant and stupid slobs. The best character is Kutusov, the brave Russian soldier who saves his country.
The film shows the effects of invasion of a people and how families are destroyed by these epic events, which films like Saving Private Ryan do not. The film is narrated by the character Pierre, who sees all the horrors of war, including drumhead executions. Audrey Hepburn is memorable as Natstha, and her sense of timing is perfect. Modern day actresses, such as Paris Hilton or Angelina Jolie would find difficulty playing this part, as they would appear too precious. These main characters are all humble and decent folk, who just want to survive.
I can thoroughly recommend this film to younger people, who have been bought up to think badly of the Russian people, and well of people from the European Union. This movie may make them reflect.
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