Movie : War and Peace
Director: King Vidor
Actors: 1956, Alfredo Rizzo, And a bunch more ...., Andrea Esterhazy, Andrea Fantasia, Angelo Galassi, Anita Ekberg, Anna-Maria Ferrero, Audrey Hepburn, Barry Jones, Carlo Dale, Cesare Barbetti, Charles Fawcett, Clelia Matania, Dave Crowley, Enrico Olivieri, Geoffrey Copleston, Georges Brehat, Gertrude Flynn, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Gianni Luda, Giorgio Costantini, Giuseppe Addobbati, Gualtiero Tumiati, Guido Celano, Helmut Dantine, Henri Vidon, Henry Fonda, Herbert Lom, Inna Alexeievna, Jeremy Brett, Jerry Riggio, John Mills, John Stacy, Joop van Hulzen, Lea Seidl, Lucio De Santis, Maria Zanoli, Marianne Leibl, Marisa Allasio, May Britt, Mel Ferrer, Micaela Giustiniani, Michael Tor, Milly Vitale, Mimmo Palmara, Mino Doro, Oskar Homolka, Patrick Crean, Paul Davis, Piero Palermini, Piero Pastore, Richard Dawson, Richard McNamara, Robert Cunningham, Robert Stephens, Sean Barrett, Stephen Lang, Teresa Pellati, Tiziano Cortini, Tullio Carminati, Umberto Sacripante
Countries: Italy USA
Runtime: 208 mins
Released: August 21, 1956
War and Peace: At the beginning of the 19th century, Napoleon’s forces controlled much of Europe. In Russia, one of the few countries still unconquered, the army prepares to face Napoleon’s troops in Austria. Among the soldiers are Nicholas Rostov and Prince Andrei Bolkonsky. Pierre Bezukhov, a friend of Andrei’s and self-styled intellectual who “knows what’s right but still does wrong,” 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 gives in to baser desires and marries the shallow, materialistic Princess Helene. The marriage quickly 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. During a visit to the country 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. While Andrei is away in Poland on a military mission, Natasha is drawn to Anatole Kuragin, a scoundrel and libertine. Pierre tells Natasha of Anatole’s past before she can elope with him. Napoleon invades Russia. Pierre visits Andrei on the eve of the battle, and observes the battle that follows. Traumatized by the carnage, he vows to kill Napoleon himself.
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