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As the Russian conflict with Napoleon reaches its peak, five aristocratic families face the possibility of their lives being changed forever.
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Series cast summary:
...  Pierre Bezukhov 6 episodes, 2016
...  Andrei Bolkonsky 6 episodes, 2016
...  Natasha Rostova 6 episodes, 2016
...  Count Ilya Rostov 6 episodes, 2016
...  Sonya Rostova 6 episodes, 2016
...  Countess Natalya Rostova 6 episodes, 2016
...  Nikolai Rostov 6 episodes, 2016
...  Helene Bezukhova / ... 6 episodes, 2016
...  Boris Drubetskoy 6 episodes, 2016
...  Marya Bolkonskaya 6 episodes, 2016
...  Mademoiselle Bourienne 6 episodes, 2016
...  Fedya Dolokhov 6 episodes, 2016
...  Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky 6 episodes, 2016
...  Anatole Kuragin 6 episodes, 2016
...  Anna Mikhailovna Drubetskaya 5 episodes, 2016
...  Prince Vassily Kuragin 5 episodes, 2016
...  Julie Karagina / ... 5 episodes, 2016
...  Napoleon Bonaparte 4 episodes, 2016
...  Nikolushka 4 episodes, 2016
...  Katya 4 episodes, 2016
Thomas Arnold ...  Vassily Denisov 4 episodes, 2016
...  Anna Pavlovna Scherer 4 episodes, 2016
...  Bilibin 4 episodes, 2016
...  General Mikhail Kutuzov 4 episodes, 2016
Jolyon Coy ...  Kaisorov 4 episodes, 2016
David Quilter ...  Tikhon 4 episodes, 2016
...  Tsar Alexander 4 episodes, 2016
...  Petya Rostov 3 episodes, 2016
...  Napoleon's Adjutant 3 episodes, 2016
...  Petya Rostov 3 episodes, 2016
Oscar Pearce ...  Lieutenant Colonel 3 episodes, 2016
...  Lise Bolkonskaya 3 episodes, 2016
Vesta Gabstaite ...  Rostov Maid 3 episodes, 2016
...  Catiche Kuragina 3 episodes, 2016
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As the Russian conflict with Napoleon reaches its peak, five aristocratic families face the possibility of their lives being changed forever.

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Paul Dano and Brian Cox both played in Dagur Kári's Good Heart from 2009. See more »

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Uniforms in the Russian army changed three times during the period covered in the movie, but there is only one shown in the series. See more »

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Anna Pavlovna Scherer: But mon cher ami, how can you be so calm? This... this monster, Bonaparte - he's crossed into Austria now and... who's to say that Russia won't be next.
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Excellent adaptation of Tolstoy (if not readers' misconceptions); ignore the haters
24 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

The poor reviews that I've seen seem to betray either delusion or a complete misunderstanding of the book. This is an excellent adaptation.

War and Peace is a story of mortals, fallible, corrupt, and yet full of love and hope. Some of the reviewers seem to have gotten in their head that Prince Andrey or Natasha should be like gods and goddesses when Tolstoy could not have intended anything farther from that. Tolstoy meant for us to see how the lives of admirable men and women are yet filled with foolishness. We are meant to see that in the end, the foolishness shouldn't matter.

Others seem to be aghast that there's infidelity, violence, and dishonesty. My God, I can only imagine that these reviewers would be better off watching Barney and Friends. This adaptation captures brilliantly Tolstoy's view of how terrible the course of human interaction can run, and yet there is something magical to life.

As far as the casting goes, I personally thought Sonya was a little too plain, Princess Marya a little too attractive, and Pierre rather too skinny, but these physical quibbles are nitpicky. Each performance seems true to Tolstoy's characterizations, if not the idealizations people have conjured in their minds. In my view, Denisov, though a minor character, is particularly brought to life. The old Prince Bolkonsky also is terrific.

Finally, I am no expert on 19th century Russian aristocratic dress or interior design, but frankly I saw nothing particularly out of place. I would be quite surprised if any of the reviewers who took issue with the costumes or the decorations were far more knowledgeable.


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