Voina i mir / War and Peace

TitleVoina i mir / War and Peace
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1966
AuthorsBondarchuk, Sergei
Running Time431 min
Date Released03/1966-11/1967
CountrySoviet Union
Publication LanguageRussian

This eight-hour epic in four parts is based on the 1869 novel by Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910). 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 600,000 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. This Russian version of War and Peace is more realistic than the American film version from 1956.

Original PublicationВойна и мир
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