War and Peace / Voina i mir (1966-67)

TitleWar and Peace / Voina i mir (1966-67)
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1966
AuthorsBondarchuk, Sergei
Running Time4 episodes a 1h 45m
Date Released1966-67
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 version of War and Peace is more realistic than the American film version from 1956.


Sergei Bondarchuk

Liudmila Saveleva

Viacheslav Tihkonov

Boris Zakhava

Anastasiia Vertinskaia

Antonina Shuranova

Oleg Tabakov

Viktor Stanitsyn

Irina Skobtseva

Boris Smirnov

Vasilii Lanovoi

Kira Golovko


director: Sergei Bondarchuk

screenplay: Vasilii Solovev

novel: Count Leo Tolstoy

music: Viacheslav Ovchinnikov

cinematography: Iolanda Chen, Anatolii Petritskii, Aleksandr Shelenkov

editing: Tatiana Likhacheva

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