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War and Peace

War and Peace

War and Peace / Voyna i mir Dir. Sergey Bondarchuk, Russia, 1965 - 1967, 415 min. restored sound / Dolby stereo

"War and Peace" is great cinema. It is as spectacular as a movie can possibly be and yet it has a human fullness." Roger Ebert, www.rogerebert.com

Made with the great intensity, film intends a very faithful screen adaptation of Russia's most famous historical epic based on the novel by Lev Tolstoy.

Two main plots of the movie are complex and intertwined. One is the love story of young Countess Natasha Rostova and Count Pierre Bezukhov. Another is the "Great Patriotic War" of 1812 against the Napoleon's Armies. Both equally important, both equally dramatic. Blended marvelously together with the " great spectacular " of the battle scenes, "War and Peace" still remains one of the most amusing and entertaining production ever.

For the shooting of battle scenes, such as the Battle of Borodino or the 1812 Moscow fire, a regular army was mustered into service, as well as a specially created cavalry regiment. Over 120.000 soldiers participated as extras in the crowd scenes. More than 35.000 costumes were made for the production. This facts got "War and Peace" into the Guinness Book of Records.

  • Winner of Best Foreign Language Film:
  • Academy Awards, 1968
  • Golden Globes, 1969
  • N.Y. Film Critics Circle Awards, 1968
  • National Board of Review, 1969