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War and Peace (1966)
"Voyna i mir" (original title)

 -  Drama | History | Romance  -  28 April 1968 (USA)
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Eight-hour epic based on the book of the same name by Leo Tolstoy. Two main story-lines are complex and intertwined. One is the love story of young Countess Natasha Rostova and Count Pierre... See full summary »

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Sergey Bondarchuk ...
Lyudmila Saveleva ...
Vyacheslav Tikhonov ...
Boris Zakhava ...
Anatoli Ktorov ...
Anastasiya Vertinskaya ...
Antonina Shuranova ...
Oleg Tabakov ...
Viktor Stanitsyn ...
Irina Skobtseva ...
Boris Smirnov ...
Vasiliy Lanovoy ...
Kira Golovko ...
Irina Gubanova ...
Aleksandr Borisov ...
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Eight-hour epic based on the book of the same name by Leo Tolstoy. Two main story-lines are complex and intertwined. One is the love story of young Countess Natasha Rostova and Count Pierre Bezukhov, who is unhappy in his marriage. Another is the "Great Patriotic War" of 1812 against the invading Napoleon's Armies. The people of Russia from all classes of society stand up united against the enemy. The 500,000 strong Napoleon's army moves through Russia and causes much destruction culminating in the battle of Borodino. The Russian army has to retreat. Moscow is occupied, looted and burned down, but soon Napoleon loses control and has to flee. Both sides suffer tremendous losses in the war, and Russian society is left irrevocably changed. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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28 April 1968 (USA)  »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)
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(video) | (4 parts) | (2 parts) | (4 parts) | (Québec)

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(70 mm prints)| (RCA Sound System) (35 mm prints)| (Restored version)

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(Sovcolor)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Director Sergey Bondarchuk had two heart attacks during the years of production. He suffered his first heart attack while filming part 3, the battle of Borodino. He suffered his second heart attack while filming part 4, the Fire of Moscow. Then the director was in-and-out of hospital during post-production. See more »

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Towards the end of the Battle of Borodino sequence (Part III - 1812), there are a few seconds where the shadow of the camera can be seen clearly. This is when the camera is moving along a trench, and a cannon falls nearby it. See more »

Quotes

Natasha Rostova: I think that when one goes on remembering and remembering,one remembers till one recalls what happened before one was in this world.
Ilya Andreyevich Rostov: That's metempsychosis.
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Version of War & Peace (1972) See more »

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Prologue
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from "L'Incoronazione di Poppea"
Composed by Claudio Monteverdi
Written by Giovanni Francesco Busenello
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A most extraordinary film!
23 June 2002 | by (St. Andrews, Scotland) – See all my reviews

If possible, this is a film to be seen before reading the book! When Count Leo Tolstoy wrote War and Peace he was at the height of his mental powers. Tolstoy's in-depth understanding of the Russian people is transmitted ably by the director of the film, Sergei Bondarchuk. Bondarchuk's stress on authenticity as manifested in clever cinematography is perhaps unequaled in modern film making.

One has the feeling to be involved in the battle scenes and also the more intimate drawing room sequences.

The foundations of War and Peace are largely to be found in Tolstoy's keen interest in history.

Bondarchuk said, "We have tried to involve the spectator in the events on the screen to make him experience what Tolstoy's characters experienced and the atmosphere in which they lived." This has been done admirably.

Dag Stomberg


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