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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergey Bondarchuk ...
Lyudmila Saveleva ...
Vyacheslav Tikhonov ...
Boris Zakhava ...
Anatoli Ktorov ...
Anastasiya Vertinskaya ...
Antonina Shuranova ...
Oleg Tabakov ...
Viktor Stanitsyn ...
Irina Skobtseva ...
Boris Smirnov ...
Vasili Lanovoy ...
Kira Golovko ...
Irina Gubanova ...
Aleksandr Borisov ...


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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Drama | History | Romance | War


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28 April 1968 (USA)  »

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War and Peace  »

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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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2.20 : 1
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Over 100 studio sets were built for the film during 1962 - 1967. See more »


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 »


[the Battle of Borodino drags on]
Narrator: Enough, enough, men. Stop, consider, what are you doing? Into the minds of tired and hungry men on both sides, a flicker of doubt began to creep. Were they to go on slaughtering one another? Kill whom you like, do what you like, but I've had enough. Yet some inexplicable, mysterious power continued to control them, and the terrible business went on, carried out not by the will of individual men.
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from "L'Incoronazione di Poppea"
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Written by Giovanni Francesco Busenello
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Amazing Epic
27 February 2004 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film without a break back in the 1970s in Greenwich Village. It's a grand work of art. The movie started around 9pm and ended 5:00 am. It was snowing outside. I felt we had all lived through the War with Napoleon, seeing Natasha grow (the movie took so long to make that the young actress visibly grew before our eyes), and confronting the issues of war and peace.

It was in Russian with English subtitles. That was better than the TV version some years later that was overdubbed. The feeling of the actors didn't come through in that broadcast.

The music was extraordinary. There was a certain waltz that intrigued me. Saw the other War and Peace with Audrey Hepburn that just could not compare to it. It was too lame.

Nothing in film today can compare to those battle scenes. Nowadays, such scenes are too computerized.

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