Istvan Szabo's film Taking Sides - based on true events - recreates the suspenseful post-World War II interrogation of Dr Wilhelm Furtwangler (Stellan Skarsgard) the brilliant conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic who is considered by some to have been the most brilliant conductor of the 20th century. In the course of his de-Nazification by the Allies Furtwangler is forced by a tough-talking American Major (Harvey Keitel) to re-examine his role during the Third Reich in the most u
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
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