War & Peace (2016)
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Episode #1.6 

The Rostovs leave Moscow as the French army draws near, leading to an unexpected reunion, Pierre performs a heroic act which has repercussions for both he and his wife, while Sonya makes an important decision.


Tom Harper


Leo Tolstoy (based on the book by), Andrew Davies




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mathieu Kassovitz ... Napoleon Bonaparte
Guillaume Faure ... Napoleon's Adjutant
Otto Farrant ... Petya Rostov
Adrian Edmondson ... Count Ilya Rostov
Greta Scacchi ... Countess Natalya Rostova
Lily James ... Natasha Rostova
Aisling Loftus ... Sonya Rostova
Oscar Pearce Oscar Pearce ... Lieutenant Colonel
Paul Dano ... Pierre Bezukhov
Vsevolod Chubenko Vsevolod Chubenko ... Moscow Man
Thibaut Evrard Thibaut Evrard ... Capitaine Ramballe
James Norton ... Andrei Bolkonsky
Antanas Surgailis Antanas Surgailis ... Rostov Coachman
Vesta Gabstaite Vesta Gabstaite ... Rostov Maid (as Vesta Grabstaite)
Katherine Manners Katherine Manners ... Desperate Mother


As the French armies approach Moscow there is panic in the streets and the Rostovs join the exodus from the city. Pierre, believing he can kill Napoleon, remains and after an act of reckless heroism is taken prisoner with many others, including the perpetually optimistic Platon Karataev, who gives him a new outlook on life. Pierre is rescued by a Russian raiding party led by Dolokhov though Natasha's brother Petya dies in the fight and the French, defeated by the harsh winter, ultimately retreat. Meanwhile Natasha is reunited with the severely wounded Andrei and stays with him until the end. There is further bad news for the Rostovs, forcing Sonya and Nikolai to make decisions though Pierre finds himself released from his marriage and free to make another proposal. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | History | Romance | War


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All's fair in love and war!
24 January 2018 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews


The war and wealth, the romance and deceives, the fictional Russia of the 1800s.

First of all I've never seen the series or film adapted from theis book. This is my first version of any format. So it's high excitement time, since I like Leo Tolstoy works. It did not disappoint me. The BBC had done it again. Yep, another wonderful adaptation. Great casting and shot in location, or to say the graphic works were done wonderfully. Nice costumes show as well, in the original Russian classic style.

It starts with war and ends with the same. Surrounded by lots of historical figures. Basically, it's about five royal class families. How their lives turn out during the Russian war against the Napoleon's France. Focused on the younger generation who are about to take over everything from their elders. So they have to decide, very big decision that's going to change their lives and the nations forever.

The romance is also the part of the tale. Being very rich or about to lose their wealth, they have to find true love. But in some cases, the love is a game plan for a better future. So there's deceive and cheats involved. Patriotically, and sentimentally the tale unfold, where the Russian fate hangs.

I enjoyed it thoroughly, but one thing that bothered me was the English adaptation. Imagine if it was entirely in Russian with subtitles, that would have been so awesome. Particularly that sound of the language and musics and locations, all would have matched so perfectly.

In the poster, Lily James in the front, but that's done for the marketing purpose, because of her popularity among other cast. While watching the series it was a different experience. A well balanced characters, lots of things happened, like that takes us to the real 19th century. One of the best periodic drama which overwhelmed by war and romance theme. I think it is a muse see.


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