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Overview

Russian director Sergei Bondarchuk's epic version of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace (Voyna i Mir) was the most expensive European film ever made for many years. It certainly had one of the longest gestation periods, with Bondarchuk spending seven years filming the project (the actors noticeably age from scene to scene). In relating Tolstoy's complex tale of Napoleon's invasion of Russia, Bondarchuk helmed some of the most graphic battle scenes ever seen, one of which runs nearly 45 minutes. So many horses were killed in these sequences that the film was loudly boycotted in some American cities by the ASPCA. While Bondarchuk is slavish to the source material, he does make a few Hollywood-like concessions to popular appeal; his leading lady Lyudmila Savelyeva looks exactly like Audrey Hepburn, the star of King Vidor's 1956 filmization of the Tolstoy novel. Originally clocking in at 507 minutes, War and Peace was pared down to 373 minutes for American consumption. It became a surprise theatrical hit, and a ratings bonanza when it was telecast on the ABC network in four parts from August 12 through 15, 1972. A big film, to be sure -- but few modern critics consider Bondarchuk's War and Peace a great film, citing its many deadly dull passages and its sappy, operatic finale. The dubbed American version is narrated by Norman Rose. The full Russian-language version with English subtitles is now available on video.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/25/2019
UPC: 0715515230810
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 7:02:00
Sales rank: 2,265

Special Features

New interviews with cinematographer Anatoly Petritsky and filmmaker Fedor Bondarchuk, son of director Sergei Bondarchuk Two documentaries, from 1966 and 1969, about the making of the film Television program from 1967 on actor Ludmila Savelyeva, featuring Sergei Bondarchuk New program 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 Films rerelease trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lyudmila Savelyeva Natasha Rostova
Sergei Bondarchuk Pierre Bezukhov
Vyacheslav Tikhonov Andrei Bolkonsky
Viktor Stanitsyn Count Ilya Rostov
Kira Ivanova-Golovko Countess Rostova
Oleg Tabakov Nikolai Rostov
Seryozha Yermilov Petya Rostov as a Boy
Nikoly Kodin Petya Rostov
Irina Gubanova Sonya
Anatoly Ktorov Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky
Antonina Shuranova Princess Maria
A. Stepanova Anna Scherer
Anastasia Vertinskaya Princess Liza Bolkonskaya
Irina Skobtseva Helene Kuragin
Vasiliy Lanovoy Anatole Kuragin
Boris Smirnov Prince Vasiliy Kuragin
Boris Zakhava Gen. Kutuzov
Oleg N. Yefremov Dolokhov
Yelena Tyapkina Marya Akhrosimova
Eduard Martsevich Drubetskoy
Alexander F. Borisov Uncle Mikhail
Vladislav Strzhelchik Napoleon Bonaparte
Nickolay Trofimov Tushin
Nikolai Rybnikov Denisov
Yuri Chekulaev Nesvitskiy
Nikolai Grinko Actor
Petr Kiryutkin Actor
Ervin Knausmyuller Actor
A. Lebedev Actor
Volodia Levchenko Actor
Nikita Mikhalkov (cameo)
Georgiy Millyar Morel
Nonna Mordyukova Anisya Fyodorovna
Daniil Netrebin Actor
Sergei Nikonenko Actor
Klavdiya Polovikova Princess Anna Drubetskaya
Norman Rose English Narrator
Pyotr Savin Timokhin
Georgiy Shapovalov Actor
Andrei Smirnov Staff Officer
Georgiy Svetlani Actor
N. Tolkachyov Count Bezukhov
Apollon Yachnitsky Actor

Technical Credits
Sergei Bondarchuk Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Mikhail Chikiryov Makeup
G. Koshelyov Set Decoration/Design
Gennadiy Myasnikov Art Director
Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov Score Composer
Leo Tolstoy Source Author

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