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War and Peace, Part IV: Pierre Bezukhov (1967)

Voyna i mir IV: Pierre Bezukhov (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 4 November 1967 (Soviet Union)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Sergey Bondarchuk

Writers:

Leo Tolstoy (novel), Sergey Bondarchuk (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergey Bondarchuk ... Pierre Bezukhov
Vyacheslav Tikhonov ... Prince Andrei Bolkonsky
Lyudmila Saveleva ... Natasha Rostova
Viktor Stanitsyn ... Ilya Andreyevitch Rostov
Kira Golovko ... Countess Rostova
Sergei Yermilov ... Petya Rostov (as S. Yermilov)
Irina Gubanova ... Sonya
Antonina Shuranova ... Princess Mariya
Boris Smirnov ... Prince Vasili Kuragin
Boris Zakhava ... Field Marshal Kutuzov
Mikhail Khrabrov ... Platon Karatayev (as M. Khrabrov)
Nikolay Rybnikov ... Denisov
Vladislav Strzhelchik ... Napoleon
Jean-Claude Ballard Jean-Claude Ballard ... Rambal
Georgiy Millyar ... Morel (as Yu. Millar)
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Storyline

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.

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

4 November 1967 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

War and Peace, Part IV: Pierre Bezukhov See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Alternate Versions

There are three different versions: The American release, a 360 minute film in two parts (dubbed in English) (see also War and Peace (1968/I)). The Russian release, a series of four films totaling 403 minutes (see also Vojna i mir I: Andrei Bolkonsky (1965), Vojna i mir II: Natasha Rostova (1966) and Vojna i mir III: 1812 god (1967). Most reviews (including Leonard Maltin's) list this film's running time as 507 minutes, suggesting an unreleased Director's Cut. See more »

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Full of sound and fury, signifying a lot
4 July 2019 | by gizmomogwaiSee all my reviews

War and Peace Part IV, Pierre Bezukhov, might as well be called the "Fire and Ice Edition" given the prominence of the depiction of the great Fire of Moscow as well as some great (but unfortunately brief) shots of "General Winter." Like Part III, the spectacle is grand and sweeping: According to The Criterion Collection, the fire scene had to be planned for 10 months and shot with helicopters and six ground-level cameras. If no one got killed making that scene, that's an achievement.

Aside from the sheer elaborateness of the production, director Sergei Bondarchuk once again justifies this with artistic vision: Even the shots of Napoleon looking over his conquered Moscow (pre-fire) are impressive and inspiring. The shot of Napoleon riding out of Russia are dynamic but moody and convey that sense of despair and defeat. The end cinematography of the Russian landscape is great, though it's a direct callback from Part I. Andrei's dream sequences are also artistically masterful.

Part IV is short by itself while covering a lot, but it still wraps things up a satisfying note. It captures that homecoming feeling after a war; Pierre seeing the grown Natasha (with flashbacks to their memories of each other), has that "V-J Day in Times Square" kissing sailor image written all over it. The full seven-hour experience can leave any viewer feeling exhausted but mightily impressed.


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