War and Peace


5h 57m 1968

Brief Synopsis

Epic adaptation of Tolstoy's novel centers around the lives of two families during Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Historical
War
Foreign
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 28 Apr 1968
Production Company
Mosfilm
Distribution Company
Continental Distributing, Inc.
Country
Soviet Union
Location
Soviet Union
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Voyna i mir (War and Peace) by Leo Tolstoy (Moscow, 1869).

Technical Specs

Duration
5h 57m
Sound
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), Mono (RCA Sound System) (35 mm prints)
Color
Color (Sovcolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.20 : 1

Synopsis

By 1805, Russia is being drawn irrevocably into a struggle for survival against Napoleon. Although Prince Andrey Bolkonskiy, discontented with his life and marriage, willingly goes to war, his friend Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a wealthy count, remains behind in Saint Petersburg. Pierre's father dies, leaving the young man his title and wealth. Later, Pierre naively marries the scheming Hélène Kuragina, who is subsequently unfaithful to him. Pierre is goaded into a duel in which he severely wounds his wife's lover, Dolokhov, and he separates from Hélène. Misfortune also plagues Andrey, who is injured and captured by the French at Austerlitz. Upon his release, he returns home to find his wife, Liza, dying in childbirth. During the uneasy alliance of Russia and France, Andrey attends a lavish ball at the Rostov estate in Otradnoye and falls in love with Natasha, the 17-year-old daughter of Count Ilya Rostov. Respecting his father's wishes, Andrey agrees to postpone marriage to Natasha for a year and go abroad. Left alone, the romantic Natasha goes to Moscow with her father and is swept off her feet by the dashing young Anatole Kuragin, Hélène's brother. Natasha attempts to elope with Anatole, but Pierre, a longtime family friend, learns of the plan and prevents their departure, informing Natasha that Anatole is married. Natasha has already broken her engagement, however, and Andrey cannot forgive her. Despondent over the unhappy affair and the loss of Andrey's love, Natasha falls ill and finds comfort only in the attentions of the devoted Pierre. Then the shaky peace collapses, and Napoleon leads his armies across the Russian frontier. No longer able to ignore political events, Pierre visits the front and is witness to the Battle of Borodino, after which Kutuzov, the Russian commander-in-chief, is forced to order a retreat from Moscow. The city, quickly engulfed in flames, is left to the mercy of the French. Pierre, deeply moved by what he has seen, refuses to evacuate the city, foolishly hoping to find the opportunity to assassinate Napoleon. As the French triumphantly march into Moscow, Andrey, wounded at Borodino, is evacuated and later dies after being reunited with Natasha. Despite Napoleon's victory, he is unable to negotiate a peace treaty with Kutuzov, and, without supplies and reinforcements, French morale quickly disintegrates. Left with no alternative, Napoleon orders a retreat from Moscow, taking along the Russian prisoners, among them Pierre. But Napoleon has not reckoned with the bitter Russian winter, and his troops fall by the hundreds on the vast frozen expanse. Seizing the opportunity, Kutuzov attacks at Berezina and routs the remnants of the French Army. Pierre is freed and learns that Hélène has died. With the momentous 8-year conflict at an end, Pierre seeks out Natasha, whom he has long loved, and asks her to become his wife.

Cast

Lyudmila Savelyeva

Natasha Rostova

Sergey Bondarchuk

Pierre Bezukhov

Vyacheslav Tikhonov

Andrey Bolkonskiy

Viktor Stanitsyn

Ilya Andreyevich Rostov

Kira Golovko

Countess Rostova

Oleg Tabakov

Nikolay Rostov

Nikolay Kodin

Seryozha Yermilov

Petya Rostov

Irina Gubanova

Sonya

Anatoliy Ktorov

Nikolay Andreyevich Bolkonskiy

Antonina Shuranova

Princess Marya

Anastasiya Vertinskaya

Liza Bolkonskaya

Boris Smirnov

Prince Vasiliy Kuragin

Irina Skobtseva

Hélène Kuragina

Vasiliy Lanovoy

Anatole Kuragin

Oleg Yefremov

Dolokhov

N. Tolkachyov

Count Bezukhov

Yelena Tyapkina

Marya Akhrosimova

K. Polovikova

Princess Anna Drubetskaya

Eduard Martsevich

Drubetskoy

A. Stepanova

Anna Schérer

D. Firsova

Catiche

G. Kravchenko

Julie Karagina

Boris Zakhava

Kutuzov

Nikolay Trofimov

Tushin

Gyuli Chokhonelidze

Bagration

Nikolay Rybnikov

Denisov

V. Murganov

Aleksandr I

Vladislav Strzhelchik

Napoleon Bonaparte

V. Sofronov

Emperor Franz

N. Bubnov

General Mack

I. Solovyov

Shinshin

Yu. Chekulayev

Nesvitskiy

Pyotr Savin

Timokhin

A. Smirnov

Staff officer

V. Badayev

Regiment commander

Aleksandr Borisov

Uncle Mikhail

Nonna Mordyukova

Anisya Fyodorovna

A. Syomin

Nikolushka

G. Zommer

Bennigsen

Ya. Grantinsh

Woltzogen

D. Eysentals

Clausewitz

Mikhail Khrabrov

Karatayev

Stanislav Chekan

Tikhon Shcherbatyy

Jean-claude Balard

Ramballe

Georgiy Millyar

Morel

Boris Molchanov

Davout

L. Polyakov

Lauriston

G. Shapovalov

N. Smorchkov

I. Turchenkov

A. Boldyrev

N. Khryashchikov

A. Degtyar

A. Lebedev

D. Sivakov

N. Sorokin

V. Prikhodko

D. Netrebin

A. Bakhar

Ye. Shalamov

M. Vorobyov

Russian soldiers

Ye. Stroyeva

S. Uspenskaya

M. Dobrovolskaya

N. Fogel

L. Borisenko

V. Matissen

Ye. Yelina

N. Lebedev

A. Fadeyev

N. Kollen

V. Renin

Z. Smirnova-nemirovich

A. Rebane

Yu. Ovsyannikov

Yu. Dioshi

E. Knausmyuller

A. Barushnoy

G. Kurovskiy

V. Maslatsov

P. Alekseyev

Yu. Rossinol

V. Lutsekovich

A. Ponomarenko

A. Kin

V. Mashchenko

V. Smirnov

Z. Dvizhkova

V. Polonskaya

L. Kramarevskiy

Yelena Vanke

A. Begak

D. Begak

A. Sezemann

N. Sibeykin

G. Ivanov

V. Vagina

Yu. Chuveleva

S. Makovskaya

V. Yermilov

Yu. Grigoryev

Ye. Khovanskaya

O. Mikhaylova

G. Rybakov

V. Lapin

Ye. Lyutsau

N. Grinko

Sergey Nikonenko

L. Vidavskiy

A. Gruzinskiy

A. Mombelli

G. Svetlani

T. Makhova

Yu. Vetrov

V. Matov

A. Glazyrin

L. Nedovich

T. Kazankova

R. Aleksandrov

V. Islavin

Yu. Kryuchkov

I. Vasilenko

B. Batashov

V. Fromgoldt

G. Shostko

Z. Zaks

G. Mityakov

G. Edzhubov

A. Komissarov

V. Levchenko

Vladimir Likhachyov

A. Yachnitskiy

S. Konovalova

V. Kosarikhin

I. Labina

N. Afrikyants

N. Avetisova

V. Alakhverdova

N. Aparin

V. Seleznyov

P. Kiryutkin

R. Chumak

Norman Rose

English narration spoken by

Crew

A. Alyoshin

Assistant Director

G. Ayzenberg

Special Effects Photographer

Mikhail Bogdanov

Art Director

Sergey Bondarchuk

Screenwriter

Elinor Bunin

Titles & introduction for U.S. version created by

Vladimir Burmeyster

Choreography

N. Buzina

Uniform Designer

Anatoliy Chemodurov

Assistant Director

Chen Yu-lan

Photographer sequence: "Battle of Schöngrabern," "Battle of Austerlitz," "Duel"

Mikhail Chikiryov

Makeup

Mikhail Chikovani

Costumes

Aleksandr Dikhtyar

Assistant art Director

Fine Recording Inc.

Sound for U.S. version

Anatoliy Golovanov

Assistant Director

N. K. Gudziy

Adv

Eli Haviv

Lip sync Editor for U.S. version

Nikolay Ivanov

Production Manager

Sidney Katz

Supervisor Editor for English version

Dmitriy Korzhikhin

Camera

G. Koshelyov

Set Decoration

F. Krasnyy

Special Effects art Director

Lee Kresel

Director of English version

Lee Kresel

Dial adapt for English version

V. Krivonoshenko

Production Manager

V. V., (gen.) Kurasov

Military advisor

Vladimir Likhachyov

Pyrotechnician

Tatyana Likhachyova

Film Editor

Aleksandr Menyalshchikov

Assistant art Director

G. Meyerovich

Production Manager

Yuriy Mikhaylov

Sound

Gennadiy Myasnikov

Art Director

Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov

Music comp & Conductor

Anatoliy Petritskiy

Director of Photography

A. Petrov

Assistant Director

Andrew L. Sager

Project coordinator for U.S. version

Satra Corp.

Pres of English version

M. Semyonov

Special Effects art Director

Aleksandr Shelenkov

Photographer sequence: "Battle of Schöngrabern," "Battle of Austerlitz," "Duel"

Adiba Shir-akhmedova

Assistant Director

Vasiliy Solovyov

Screenwriter

Titan Productions

Prod of English dub version

Viktor Tsirgiladze

Chief prod Manager

Igor Urvantsev

Sound

V. Uvarov

Set Decoration

Semyon Valyushyok

Assistant art Director

V. Vavra

Uniform Designer

Walter Reade Organization

Pres of English version

Andrew Witwer

Narration wrt for English version

S. Yermolinskiy

Story editor

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Historical
War
Foreign
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 28 Apr 1968
Production Company
Mosfilm
Distribution Company
Continental Distributing, Inc.
Country
Soviet Union
Location
Soviet Union
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Voyna i mir (War and Peace) by Leo Tolstoy (Moscow, 1869).

Technical Specs

Duration
5h 57m
Sound
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), Mono (RCA Sound System) (35 mm prints)
Color
Color (Sovcolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.20 : 1

Award Wins

Best Foreign Language Film

1968

Award Nominations

Best Art Direction

1968

Quotes

On 12th June, 1812, the forces of western Europe crossed the frontiers of Russia and war began. In other words, an event took place that was contrary to all human reason and human nature.
- Narrator
Natasha... I love you too much. More than anything in the world.
- Prince Andrei Bolkonsky
And I! But why too much?
- Natasha Rostova
Why too much? Well, what do you think? What do you feel in your soul, deep in your soul? Shall I live? What do you think?
- Prince Andrei Bolkonsky
I'm sure of it.
- Natasha Rostova
How good that would be.
- Prince Andrei Bolkonsky
And not for this day and hour alone were the mind and conscience of this man darkened, on whom the burden of events weighed more heavily than on all the others who took part in it. Never, to the end of his life, had he the least comprehension of goodness, of beauty or of truth, or of the significance of his actions, which were too contrary to goodness and truth, too remote from everything human for him ever to understand their meaning. He could not disavow his deeds, lauded as they were by half the world, and so he was obliged to renounce truth and goodness and all humanity.
- Narrator
Enough, enough, men. Stop, consider, what are you doing? Into the minds of tired and hungry men on both sides, a flicker of doubt began to creep. Were they to go on slaughtering one another? Kill whom you like, do what you like, but I've had enough. Yet some inexplicable, mysterious power continued to control them, and the terrible business went on, carried out not by the will of individual men.
- Narrator
A moral victory which compels the enemy to recognize the moral superiority of his opponent and his own impotence was won by the Russians at Borodino. The direct consequence of the Battle of Borodino was Napoleon's flight from Moscow, the destruction of the invading army of 500,000 men, and the destruction of Napoleonic France, on which was laid for the first time, at Borodino, the hand of an adversary stronger in spirit!
- Narrator
I want only to say that it is always the simplest idas which lead to the greatest consequences. My idea, in its entirety, is that if vile people unite and constitute a force, then decent people are obliged to do likewise; just that.
- Narrator

Trivia

In adjusted dollars, with appropriate costs factored in, this remains the most expensive movie ever made.

Miscellaneous Notes

1968 Golden Globe Winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

Voted Best Foreign Film of the Year by the 1968 New York Film Critics Association.

Voted Best Foreign Language Film of the Year by the 1968 National Board of Review.

Re-released in United States October 19, 2007

Released in United States April 1981

Restored print re-released in New York City (Film Forum) October 19, 2007.

Film is in four parts.

reels 10 (part four-Russian language)

English language version available

reels 16 (part one-Russian language)

reels 12 (part two-Russian language)

Sovscope 70

Produced between 1963-1967.

dubbed

reels 10 (part three-Russian language)

Re-released in United States October 19, 2007 (Film Forum; New York City)

Released in United States April 1981 (Shown at FILMEX: Los Angeles International Film Exposition (FilmEssay: The Best of Filmex) April 2-23, 1981.)

The United Soviet Socialist Republics