War and Peace
Dir. Sergei Bondarchuck
USSR 1968 | Colour | 403 mins | Cert PG | Drama
Cast: Lyudmila Savelyeva, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Antonina Shuranova
Sergei Bondarchuck’s Academy Award winning eight hour epic is the cinema’s definitive adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s literary classic. Skillfully interweaving intimate drama with some of the most breathtaking battle scenes ever brought to the screen, the film relays the triumphs, tragedies and romances that affect the lives of two aristocratic families at the time of Napoleon’s tumultuous invasion of Russia. Years in the making, with over 35,000 costumes and an astonishing 120,000 extras, War and Peace – presented here fully restored to its original widescreen splendour – is a filmmaking spectacle on a truly unrivalled scale.
Available on: DVD
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