War & Peace

Война и Мир


Genre: Adventure
Duration: 401mins
Format: 35mm
Director: Sergei Bondarchuk
Cast: Sergei Bondarchuk, Ludmila Savelyeva, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Boris Zakhava, Anatoli Ktorov, Anastasia Vertinskaya, Oleg Tabakov


  • Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Film (Academy Awards 1969)
  • Winner Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film (Golden Globe Awards, 1969)

Classics Retrospective – 200 Year Anniversary Great Patriotic War 1812

Sergei Bondarchuk’s epic 7-hour marathon adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic War & Peace surpasses all else on scales of grandeur, ambition, exacting details and expense. This multi-award winning masterpiece (including the 1969 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film) is rewardingly obsessive in its accurate depiction of Tolstoy’s tale of five families set against the magnificently described background of Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812. Bondarchuk’s unsurpassed perfection as a director has created a super-spectacular that puts all modern computer generated effects-laden films to shame. It is breathtaking to witness the 40 minute re-enactment of the battle of Borodino, staged with 120,000 men and 800 horses, or the looting and burning of Moscow, or the fairy tale ballrooms and grandeurs of pre-1812 elegance. Perhaps the greatest movie ever made of the greatest tale ever written, War and Peace is also the most expensive film ever made with a budget of $US560 million (in adjusted figures).

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