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War and Peace (1956)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  21 August 1956 (USA)
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Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.

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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 alfiehitchie

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Henry Fonda later admitted he had known from the beginning that he was too old for his character, and had only made the film for the money. See more »

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After the opera, when Anatole and Natasha meet, he approaches her from behind and puts his left hand on her shoulder. The next shot shows them a little way from each other. See more »

Quotes

Platon Karatsev: [to the French soldier who is about to execute him during the retreat] Are you afraid too, friend?
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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 »

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Referenced in Nevyjasnená úmrtí: Muz, který chtel létat (1998) See more »

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by Frédéric Chopin (Waltz n°1 in E flat major)
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Realistic portrayal of the horrors of war
6 November 2005 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

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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