The surface of ceremonies and rituals celebrating the coronation of King Claudius (Mikhail Nazvanov) and his marriage to Hamlet's mother (Elza Radzina) leaves the young prince indifferent. Hamlet's melancholic nature finds no relief from his brooding, not even in his courtship of Ophelia (Anastasiya Vertinskaya). However, a nocturnal visit from his father's ghost changes everything. Claudius' treachery having been brought to light, Hamlet conducts a quest to avenge his father's death.Grigori Kozintsev's renowned Soviet production ranks among the finest adaptations of Shakespeare on film. His strong visual style places the characters on a rich widescreen canvas while preserving the inward dimension of Hamlet's character. Laurence Olivier, director and star of Hamlet, the Oscar-winning 1948 English production, praised Kozintsev's Hamlet, singling out Innokenty Smoktunevsky's performance as the definitive screen performance of the Prince of Denmark.
At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet film industry set out to prove it could out do Hollywood with a production that would dazzle the world: a titanic, aweinspiring adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic tome in which the fates of three souls the blundering, goodhearted 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. As a statement of Soviet cinema's might, War and Peace succeeded wildly, garnering the Academy AwardÂ® for Best ForeignLanguage Film and setting a new standard for epic moviemaking. Features: New 2K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTSHD Master Audio soundtrack New interviews with cinematographer Anatoly Petritsky and filmmaker Fedor Bondarchuk, son of Sergei Bondarchuk Two 1966 documentaries about the making of the film Television programme from 1967 profiling actor Ludmila Savelyeva, featuring Sergei Bondarchuk New programme with historian Denise J. Youngblood (Bondarchuk's War and Peace: Literary Classic to Soviet Cinematic Epic) detailing the cultural and historical contexts for the film Janus rerelease trailer New English subtitle translation PLUS: An essay by critic Ella Taylor
Eight-hour epic based on the eponymous book 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.
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