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War and Peace (1966)

Voyna i mir (original title)
A Russian Prince experiences battle against Napoleon and a troubled relationship with his father and wife. Finds acceptance of her death and eventually his chance of true love. A spoiled, ... See full summary »

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Sergey Bondarchuk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergey Bondarchuk ... Pierre Bezukhov
Lyudmila Saveleva ... Natasha Rostova
Vyacheslav Tikhonov ... Prince Andrei Bolkonsky
Boris Zakhava Boris Zakhava ... Field Marshal Kutuzov
Anatoli Ktorov ... Prince Nikolai Andreevich Bolkonsky
Anastasiya Vertinskaya ... Pricess Lisa Bolkonskaya
Antonina Shuranova ... Princess Maria Bolkonskaya
Oleg Tabakov ... Nikolai Rostov
Viktor Stanitsyn ... Ilya Andreyevich Rostov
Irina Skobtseva ... Hélène Bezukhova
Boris Smirnov ... Prince Vasili Kuragin
Vasiliy Lanovoy ... Anatol Kuragin
Kira Golovko ... Countess Rostova
Irina Gubanova Irina Gubanova ... Sonia Rostova
Aleksandr Borisov Aleksandr Borisov ... Uncle Rostov
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Storyline

A Russian Prince experiences battle against Napoleon and a troubled relationship with his father and wife. Finds acceptance of her death and eventually his chance of true love. A spoiled, high-society fickle young woman loves and her years of unhappiness. A Count illegitimate, idler son reflects on politics and friendship. Experiences his first and hopeless love, is forced into a marriage with serious consequences and finally survives Napoleon invasion of Moscow and its aftermath. Written by Eugene Fraga

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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

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Official Sites:

Mosfilm [rus]

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | German | French

Release Date:

28 April 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

War and Peace See more »

Filming Locations:

Arkhangelskoe, Moscow, Russia See more »

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Budget:

$9,213,013 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(video) | (4 parts) | (2 parts) | (4 parts) | (Québec)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (RCA Sound System) (35 mm prints)| Dolby Digital (Restored version)

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Director Bondarchuk made history by introducing remote-controlled cameras that were moving on 300 meter-long wires above the scene of the battlefield. See more »

Goofs

During the battle of Borodino sequence, as the camera pans down the lines of Russian troops sitting in reserve, a soldier can be clearly seen wearing a modern wristwatch. See more »

Quotes

Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte: Uncertainty, that's what one fears most.
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Connections

Edited from Voyna i mir II: Natasha Rostova (1966) 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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Leo Tolstoy: "My idea, in its entirety, is that if vile people unite and constitute a force, then decent people are obliged to do likewise; just that."
27 September 2007 | by G_a_l_i_n_aSee all my reviews

Sergei Bondarchuk, one of the most talented and important Russian filmmakers (he is known as an actor and epic- director) had made many good movies, very interesting technically and artistically. All of them are based on the first-class books (novels, stories, plays, and non-fiction) by the talented writers: Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Pushkin, Anton Chekhov, John Reed, and Mikhail Sholokhov, a Nobel Prize winner for Literature. Sholokhov's authorship of "Quiet Flows the Don" has been questioned lately but the novel is undeniably great.

Bondarchuk's finest directing achievement is 7 hours long epic "Voina i Mir" aka "War and Peace" which is a great film, worth of all money and effort spent. "War and Peace" which took over five years to complete is a masterful combination of many genres (just as Leo Tolstoy's greatest novel is). It is an awesome epic, and a lot has been said about the breathtakingly spectacular battle scenes that were shot on the historical locations and involved tens of thousands of extras, horses, explosions, and complex camera moves. The film is also the incredibly accurate period piece, moving romance, family drama, search for meaning of life (as all Leo Tolstoy's works are: "I want only to say that it is always the simplest ideas which lead to the greatest consequences. My idea, in its entirety, is that if vile people unite and constitute a force, then decent people are obliged to do likewise; just that. "). There are so many unforgettable scenes in the film: the first Natasha's ball and her waltz with Andrei Bolkonsky, the death of young Petya Rostov from a stray bullet, the meeting of Natasha and deadly wounded Andrei and their conversation...and many, many more. Sergei Bondarchuk's choice of the actors for the familiar and beloved characters has proved to be mostly successful. Ironically, the least convincing is for me Pierre Bezukhov. Bondarchuk cast himself as one of the most important novel's heroes, Leo Tolstoy's alter ago, and even though he was a very talented actor, I can't forget that he was twice as old as Pierre when he took the role. One of the most memorable performances was given by the veteran screen and stage actor, Anatoly Ktorov as old Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky. Ktorov's aristocratic looks and noble manners along with his talent made him simply perfect for the role of opinionated, proud, sarcastic but frank and absolutely non-sentimental nobleman. Antonina Shuranova shot to fame in 1966 after her stunning film debut opposite Anatoli Ktorov as his daughter and Andrei's sister, Princess Mariya with her "radiant eyes". Bondarchuk took the risk casting young professional ballerina Lyudmila Savelieva in the coveted role of Natasha Rostova, the most beloved female character in the Russian Classical Literature. Savelieva was natural as Natasha whom we see first as a 12 year old restless, spontaneous, gushing girl and in the final scene as a young woman who had lived though mistakes, regrets, and terrible losses.

I've seen "Voina i Mir" many times. I was even lucky to see it on the big screen in Moscow. It was originally released in four parts: I: Andrey Bolkonskiy (1965), II: Natasha Rostova (1966), III: 1812 god (1967), and IV: Pierre Bezukhov (1967), and for many years it had been shown in Russia as four films. To see this miracle on the big screen was the experience I will not forget.


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