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Repertory Dundee Mar 15 – Mar 21, 2019

War and Peace, Part One

Dir. Sergey Bondarchuk USSR 434 min

1967 Janus Films

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Thursday, March 21

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.

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

PART 2
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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