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War and Peace (1956 film)

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Director  King Vidor
Adapted from  War and Peace
Language  English
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Romance, War
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Release date  August 21, 1956 (1956-08-21)
Based on  War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Writer  Leo Tolstoy (based on the novel by), Bridget Boland (adaptation), Robert Westerby (adaptation), King Vidor (adaptation), Mario Camerini (adaptation), Ennio De Concini (adaptation), Ivo Perilli (adaptation)
Screenplay  King Vidor, Mario Camerini, Mario Soldati
Cast  Audrey Hepburn (Natasha Rostova), Henry Fonda (Pierre Bezukhov), Mel Ferrer (Prince Andrei Bolkonsky), Vittorio Gassman (Anatol Kuragin), Herbert Lom (Napoleon), Oskar Homolka (Field Marshal Kutuzov)
Similar movies  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Fury, American Sniper, Captain America: Civil War, No Escape, The Peanuts Movie
Tagline  The Greatest Novel Ever Written ... Now Magnificently Alive On The Screen!

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War and Peace (Italian: Guerra e pace) is a 1956 American-Italian war drama film directed by King Vidor and written by Vidor, Bridget Boland, Mario Camerini, Ennio De Concini, Gian Gaspare Napolitano, Ivo Perilli, Mario Soldati, and Robert Westerby based on Leo Tolstoy's 1869 novel of the same name. The film, released by Paramount Pictures, was produced by Dino De Laurentiis and Carlo Ponti with a music score by Nino Rota and cinematography by Jack Cardiff.


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The film stars Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, and Mel Ferrer, along with Vittorio Gassman, Herbert Lom, John Mills and Anita Ekberg, in one of her first breakthrough roles. It had Academy Awards nominations for Best Director (King Vidor), Best Cinematography, Color (Jack Cardiff) and Best Costume Design, Color (Maria De Matteis).

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Differences from the novel

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The film script had to condense the extensive original. It is primarily focused on Natasha, Pierre, and Andrei, their complex relationship and personal maturation on the backdrop of the historical events of the Napoleonic invasion.

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  • In Moscow, most of the scenes take place at the Rostov residence, and episodes at the country estates are curtailed, with some exceptions such as the hunt where Natasha first meets Andrei. This is a condensation of two scenes at the Rostov country estate, since in the novel Andrei, who by then is already Natasha's fiancé, is not present at the hunt.
  • There are no scenes in St. Petersburg.
  • The relationship between Nicholas, Sonya and Maria is toned down.
  • Historical figures retained are General Kutuzov and Napoleon.
  • Minor battles are omitted, while Napoleon's crossing of the Berezina is added.
  • The concept of the inner dialogue is retained, notably in regard to Natasha, but the extensive use of French is not retained in the film.
  • Events of the epilogue are not included, nor are Tolstoy's discourses about history.
  • Reception

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    The film received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reports that 33% of 6 reviews were positive, with an average rating of 4.8/10.

    The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

  • 2005: AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores – Nominated
  • 2008: AFI's 10 Top 10:
  • Nominated Epic Film
  • References

    War and Peace (1956 film) Wikipedia
    War and Peace (1956 film) IMDb War and Peace (1956 film)