War & Peace (1972)

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 Pierre Bezukhov (17 episodes, 1972-1973)
Morag Hood ...
 Natasha Rostova (14 episodes, 1972-1973)
Alan Dobie ...
 Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (14 episodes, 1972-1973)
Rupert Davies ...
 Count Rostov (14 episodes, 1972-1973)
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 Sonya (13 episodes, 1972-1973)
Faith Brook ...
 Countess Rostova (12 episodes, 1972-1973)
Angela Down ...
 Princess Maria Bolkonskya (10 episodes, 1972-1973)
Sylvester Morand ...
 Nikolai Rostov (10 episodes, 1972-1973)
David Swift ...
 Napoleon (9 episodes, 1972-1973)
Fiona Gaunt ...
 Hélène Kuragina (9 episodes, 1972)
Frank Middlemass ...
 Mikhail Kutuzov (8 episodes, 1972-1973)
Anthony Jacobs ...
 Prince Bolkonsky (7 episodes, 1972)
Neil Stacy ...
 Boris Drubetskoy (7 episodes, 1972-1973)
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The series was filmed in the former Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, in the production of Avala Films. See more »

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Version of Natasha Rostova (1915) See more »

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God Save the Tsar!
By Alexei Lvov
Performed by The Band of H.M. Welsh Guards
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One of the Best Literary Adaptations I've Seen
6 February 2001 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This exceptionally well-done miniseries easily surpasses both the Vidor and Bondarchuk versions. It makes the most of its nearly 13 hours, featuring many excellent performances, strong cinematography, and a good script. In addition, the director's use of long takes really allows the actors to *interact,* adding to the overall feel of realism.

Hopkins is likeable and believable as the twitchy, self-conscious Pierre. Dobie is excellent as the somewhat distant Andrei -- he succeeds in being handsomely iconic without seeming stupid or wooden. In fact, it's hard to imagine a more effective performance of this role. And Morag Hood is very good as Natasha, once the character ages a bit (it's hard to accept a woman in her late '20s as a 14-year-old).

The writers and actors also avoid the cardboard characterizations of historical figures that so often plague historical fiction; the main adversaries in the "War" -- a self-important Napoleon and the disfigured, forthright General Kutuzov -- are both vividly portrayed.

There are occasional weaknesses, but for the most part, this is a wonderful production.

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