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Sergei Bondarchuk's WAR AND PEACE 1:30 NEW RESTORATION!
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 monumental, awe-inspiring adaptation of 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.
(1966, in Russian and French with English subtitles, 422 min, DCP 'Scope)
All times approximate:
- Part 1 @ 1:30 [10 min break] Part 2 @ 5:10
- [30 min intermission]
- Part 3 @ 7:30 [10 min break] Part 4 @ 9:00
- [Exit @ 10:30]
"You are never, ever, going to see anything to equal it ... as spectacular as a movie can possibly be." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Above all, WAR AND PEACE is an orgy of cinematic opulence—dizzying tracking shots, trompe-l'oeil matte paintings, split-screens, superimpositions—made by a triple-threat filmmaker (actor/writer/director) in full command of the medium. To see it is to not quite believe it." - Scott Foundas, foundasonfilm
Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/313409257
Read about the restoration in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/15/movies/war-and-peace-bondarchuk-lincoln-center.html