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War and peace = Voyna i mir

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Three-DVD special edition


In Russian, with English subtitles.


Sergei Bondarchuk, Ludmila Savelyeva, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Anastasia Vertinskaya, Vasily Lanovoi, Irina Skobtseva, Boris Zakhava, Vladislav Strzhelchik.

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[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2019]


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Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.

Originally released in four motion picture installments from 1966-1967

Special features: New 2K digital restoration ; 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 detailing the culture and historical contexts for the film ; Janus Films rerelease trailer ; new English subtitle translation.

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet film industry set out to prove it could outdo Hollywood with a production that would dazzle the world: a titanic, awe-inspiring adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic tome in which the fates of three souls--the blundering, good-hearted Pierre; the heroically tragic Prince Andrei; and the radiant, tempestuous Natasha--collide amid the tumult of the Napoleonic Wars. Employing a cast of thousands and an array of innovative camera techniques, director Sergei Bondarchuk conjures a sweeping vision of grand balls that glitter with rococo beauty and breathtaking battles that overwhelm with their expressionistic power. As a statement of Soviet cinema's might, War and Peace succeeded wildly, garnering the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and setting a new standard for epic moviemaking.

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