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||IMDB Rating: 6.8/10 from 6,333 votes
||Release: 21 August 1956 (USA) /
||Genre: Drama, History, Romance
||Director: King Vidor,
||Stars: Anita Ekberg, Anna Maria Ferrero, Audrey Hepburn, Barry Jones, Helmut Dantine, Henry Fonda, Herbert Lom, Lea Seidl, May Britt, Mel Ferrer, Milly Vitale, Oskar Homolka, Tullio Carminati, Vittorio Gassman, Wilfrid Lawson
||Synopsis: By 1812, Napoleon's forces controlled much of Europe. Russia, one of the few countries still unconquered, prepares to face Napoleon's troops together with Austria. Among the Russian soldiers are Count Nicholas Rostov and Prince Andrei Bolkonsky. Count Pierre Bezukhov, a friend of Andrei's and self-styled intellectual who is not interested in fighting. Pierre's life changes when his father dies, leaving him a vast inheritance. He is attracted to Natasha Rostov, Nicholas's sister, but she is too young, so he gives in to baser desires and marries the shallow, manipulative Princess Helene. The marriage ends when Pierre discovers his wife's true nature. Andrei is captured and later released by the French, and returns home only to watch his wife die in childbirth. Months later, Pierre and Andrei meet again. Andrei sees Natasha and falls in love, but his father will only permit the marriage if they postpone it for one year until Natasha turns 17. While Andrei is away on a military mission, ... Written by alfiehitchie
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This epic has the reputation for being a limp, lifeless, mechanical thing;
vulgar simplification of Tolstoy. The latter accusation is partly
and thank goodness for it. War and Peace, the novel, has many great
but also many excrescences: it goes on way too long, padded out with
tediously detailed philosophies and theories of war; it also studiously
refuses loose ends.
There are flaws. The script, though a model of clarity (unlike most
literary adaptations, which concentrate on all the big set-pieces,
narrative confusion), but short on inspiration. There is a dispiriting,
unimaginative reliance on voiceover, and unnecessary soliloquys. The
thing also goes on way too long.
Mel Ferrer is, without doubt, the worst actor in the world; he plays the
dashing, tragic Prince Andrei with all the vigour of a mouldy plank. His
part is pivotal, narratively, thematically and symbolically, so he
in a lot of scenes where his monotonous lack of expression makes the film
stop dead. Henry Fonda, in many ways ideal as the Tolstoy altar-ego
who must move morally from observer to actor, is frequently defeated by
terrible dialogue, making this wonderful actor seem clumsy and amateurish.
(Herbert Lom, however, manages to suggest great humanity behind the hammy
pomp of Napolean).
I only mention these faults to show that the film's critics have their
point. I also suggest that WAR AND PEACE is nearly a masterpiece for two
reasons. King Vidor, whose work I'm largely (and shamefully) unfamiliar
with, directs this film with awesome, authoritive lightness of touch. He
pays respectful lip service to the big Tolstoyan themes, focusing
particularly on families, the relations between parents and children, old
traditional reactionary Russia, and the tentative, youthful impulse
I say lip-service, because his main interest in the film lies elsewhere.
lies in the expression of the emotional life of his characters. For
although the film is a massive historical epic, it works best as a
melodrama. Characters, who can't express themselves in this hierarchical
society, are allowed a voice through the film's direction, which forsakes
literal realism, to tell us what is going on in their heads (and hearts).
Exaggerated colour and carefully contrived composition offer us a second,
more subtle and personal story, to the main, surface narrative. This
make WAR AND PEACE a more right-wing work, ignoring the processes of
and the plight of the serfs, in favour of sympathising with a caste of
slave-owners, but Hollywood was never very good at socio-economic
Vidor's other great theme seems to be nature, and man's relation to it.
has little interest in invoking a real nineteenth century Russia; his
is as exquisitely artificial as Sternberg's THE SCARLET EMPRESS, and his
of architecture and space to both show the distances between people, and
the fathomless emptiness of the soul, is positively Antonionian. With the
natural world, however, there is a real feeling, beyond mere backdrop
scenery, that is unthinkable in any contemporary Hollywood film.
a movie about people and history, it is eternal nature that watches on,
battles, deaths, retreats. Indeed, it is nature that saves the Russian
people, in the face of massive military odds, and it is nature that frames
the melancholy, yet hopeful, resolution. (It's also interesting to ask
at the heighth of the Cold War, Hollywood should decide to make a great
Russian epic? To tastelessly evoke a 'glorious' pre-Soviet past? Or to
enjoy the razing of Moscow to the ground?)
The second reason to love this film is, of course, the incomparable,
beautiful, Audrey Hepburn. She is so right as Natasha (when I read the
as a kid, I pictured Audrey all the way through, without even knowing she
had played her on film), the saviour of the book, as well as the film.
is one of the great performances - its modernity and truth blows away the
dusty period conventions (indeed, at her first ball, she is as moving as a
50s teenager at her prom). Her intelligence, insight, passion (and she is
lot more erotic in this film than her supporters ever give her credit for)
and grace are perfectly in tune with Vidor's conception, and her scenes
an extraordinary emotional force. She is the life of the film, and its
moral centre in the absence of a convincing Pierre. The film plods to a
slow death without her. The film essays three moral developments -
Natasha's, Pierre's and Andrei's, but hers is the most moving and tragic.
The change to sadness and understanding of the once gay and vivacious
Natasha seems a terrible loss.
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, Anna Maria Ferrero
, Audrey Hepburn
, Barry Jones
, Helmut Dantine
, Henry Fonda
, Herbert Lom
, Lea Seidl
, May Britt
, Mel Ferrer
, Milly Vitale
, Oskar Homolka
, Tullio Carminati
, Vittorio Gassman
, Wilfrid Lawson
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