Voyna i Mir (War and Peace) (1967)
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Critic Reviews for Voyna i Mir (War and Peace)
Frequently gorgeous, occasionally dull, always fascinating.
Exhaustive, spectacular, often dazzling in its ambition and faithfulness to Tolstoy, the movie is still regarded as one of the wonders of epic cinema.
This is the barbaric yawp of the Soviet film industry circa 1968, an entertainment A-bomb test announcing to the world: 'Here is what we are capable of.'
Considering its cost and the vast effort that went into its making, such a film can be made only once in our time. The wonder, indeed, is that it was made at all.
Though it can be bombastic and mind-numbing, it's often lively and eye filling.
If you haven't seen it, you have an incredible treat in store.
Audience Reviews for Voyna i Mir (War and Peace)
It does suffer from a two hour section where the pace slows to a crawl, but the remaining five hours are filled with the most incredible battle scenes ever seen on film, and the astounding 1812 Fire Of Moscow.
A once in a lifetime experience, an immense visual masterpiece, as well as a peerless look into Tolstoy's mind, and brilliance.
It is a very long picture. A very long masterpiece at it's finest. Is it me or have I been leaning towards Russian pictures lately?
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