This 3 DVD six-and-a-half-hour set features the 1968 film and brings all the passion and turbulence of Leo Tolstoy's epic masterpiece dramatically to the screen. The book was written in the nineteenth century and gives a graphic insight in to Russian society at the time and is still considered to be one of the greatest novel ever written. This classic film directed by Sergei Bondarachuk is considered to be the most faithful to the original novel and with a combination of amazing large scale battle scenes and intimate character portrayals this film is many peoples' favourite interpretation of Tolstoy's classic novel... The story follows the fortunes of the aristocratic Bolkonsky and Rostov families as Napoleon's armies sweep through Europe culminating in the French invasion of Russia in 1812. The evil effects of war are a significant theme and war forms the backdrop as it influences the lives of these families and their many associates.
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
War and Peace is a portrait of Russia and her people caught up in the swirling and irresistible tides of history during the Napoleonic Era. Director Sergei Bondarchuk's Oscar-winner flawlessly re-creates Tolstoy's epic masterpiece capturing not only the most minute historical details but also the emotion essence and atmosphere of the classic novel. Hailed as the definitive marriage between literature and film it took five years to complete costing over $100 000 000. It is estim
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.
Nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival They Fought For Their Motherland is set in July 1942 as the exhausted Soviet troops begins its retreat toward Stalingrad while desperately attempting to hold their ground against the rampaging German war machine. The film concentrates on the remnants of one shattered Soviet regiment and its individual soldiers' thoughts and fears in the face of impending annihilation not only of themselves but of Mothe
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