Friday, January 24, 2014

(Video) War and Peace (1966, Russia, Eng. Sub.) - Academy Award Winner

War and Peace

1966 Film

War and Peace is a Soviet film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace, released in four parts during 1966 and 1967.

Release date: April 28, 1968 (USA)
Director: Sergei Bondarchuk
Story by: Leo Tolstoy
Adapted from: War and Peace
Screenplay: Vasili Solovyov, Sergei Bondarchuk

Eight-hour epic based on the book of the same name by Leo Tolstoy. Two main story-lines are complex and intertwined. One is the love story of young Countess Natasha Rostova and Count Pierre Bezukhov, who is unhappy in his marriage. Another is the "Great Patriotic War" of 1812 against the invading Napoleon's Armies. The people of Russia from all classes of society stand up united against the enemy. The 500,000 strong Napoleon's army moves through Russia and causes much destruction culminating in the battle of Borodino. The Russian army has to retreat. Moscow is occupied, looted and burned down, but soon Napoleon loses control and has to flee. Both sides suffer tremendous losses in the war, and Russian society is left irrevocably changed.

- Written by Steve Shelokhonov


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