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Repertory Mar 15 – Mar 21, 2019

War and Peace, Part One

Dir. Sergey Bondarchuk USSR 434 min

1967 Janus Films

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet film industry set out to prove it could outdo Hollywood with a production that would dazzle the world: a titanic, awe-inspiring adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic tome in which the fates of three souls—the blundering, good-hearted Pierre; the heroically tragic Prince Andrei; and the radiant, tempestuous Natasha—collide amid the tumult of the Napoleonic Wars. Employing a cast of thousands and an array of innovative camera techniques, director Sergei Bondarchuk conjures a sweeping vision of grand balls that glitter with rococo beauty and breathtaking battles that overwhelm with their expressionistic power. As a statement of Soviet cinema’s might, War and Peace succeeded wildly, garnering the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and setting a new standard for epic moviemaking. — Janus Films

For your viewing convenience, we’re offering War and Peace in two parts.

Enjoy it in one eight-hour marathon, or see Sergey Bondarchuk’s epic in multiple sittings – your choice! We encourage patrons to buy their tickets for both parts in advance to guarantee seats.

Chapter 1: “Andrei Bolkonsky,” 146 min *
Intermission, 5 min
Chapter 2: “Natasha Rostova,” 97 min

Chapter 3: “The Year 1812,” 81 min
Intermission, 5 min
Chapter 4: “Pierre Bezukhov,” 96 min

*There is a break in the “Andrei Bolkonsky” chapter at the 104-min mark, but this is not an intermission.

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