War and Peace

Film

Main Details
Premiere Date 1956-08-21
Alternative Titles
  • Guerre et paix (French)
  • Guerra y paz (Spanish)
  • Guerra e pace (Italian)
  • Krieg und Frieden (German)
  • Oorlog en vrede (Dutch)
  • Polemos kai eirini (Greek)
  • Guerra e Paz (Portuguese)
  • Война и мир (Russian)
Category Feature Film
Genres
Credits
Director King Vidor
Writer (Screenplay) Bridget Boland
Actor Audrey Hepburn as Natasha Rostova
Actor Henry Fonda as Pierre Bezukhov
Actor Mel Ferrer as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky
Actor Vittorio Gassman as Anatol Kuragin
Actor Herbert Lom as Napoleon
Actor Anita Ekberg as Field Marshal Kutuzov
Writer (Novel) Leo Tolstoy*
Notes 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...

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