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FILM OPENS: August 09, 2019

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At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet film industry set out to prove it could outdo Hollywood with a production that would dazzle the world: a titanic, awe-inspiring adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic tome in which the fates of three souls—the blundering, good-hearted Pierre; the heroically tragic Prince Andrei; and the radiant, tempestuous Natasha—collide amid the tumult of the Napoleonic Wars. Employing a cast of thousands and an array of innovative camera techniques, director Sergei Bondarchuk conjures a sweeping vision of grand balls that glitter with rococo beauty and breathtaking battles that overwhelm with their expressionistic power.

  • Director: Sergey Bondarchuk
  • Country: Soviet Union
  • Genre: Drama | Repertory | Romance (Love)
  • Year: 2019
  • Run Time: 07:07:00
  • imdb Score: 7.9/10 (5,458 votes)
  • Language: Russian, German, French
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Sergey Bondarchuk, Lyudmila Saveleva, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Boris Zakhava
"Produced in the Soviet Union in the early 1960s while the Cold War raged. Politics were put aside when the film won the Best Foreign Language Academy Award. You can’t get more epic than this. 421 minutes split across four parts with a cast of thousands. Leo Tolstoy’s novel had been adapted before, but nothing like this. “It is easy enough to praise director Sergei Bondarchuk for his thundering battle scenes, or his delicate ballroom scenes, or the quality of his actors. But these were almost to be expected. What is extraordinary about "War and Peace" is that Bondarchuk was able to take the enormous bulk of Leo Tolstoy's novel and somehow transform it into this great chunk of film without losing control along the way."
Roger Ebert - CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

"Exhaustive, spectacular, often dazzling in its ambition and faithfulness to Tolstoy, the movie is still regarded as one of the wonders of epic cinema."
John Hartl - SEATTLE TIMES

"This is the barbaric yawp of the Soviet film industry circa 1968, an entertainment A-bomb test announcing to the world: 'Here is what we are capable of'."
Nick Pinkerton - VILLAGE VOICE

AWARDS

Academy Awards 1969
Best Foreign Film

Golden Globes 169
Best Foreign Film

National Board of Review 1969
Best Foreign Film

New York Film Critics Circle Awards 1968
Best Foreign Film

FESTIVALS

Mar del Plata Film Festival 1966

Berlin Int'l Film Festival 2009

Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival 1968

Russian and Soviet Film Festival 2006

Jerusalem Film Festival 2014