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Cuirassier Inactive Member27 Mar 2018 7:52 p.m. PST


Photos provided by LIFE magazine. The retreat from Moscow…















Cuirassier Inactive Member27 Mar 2018 8:16 p.m. PST

Well… The correct date is 1966-67. Sorry.

Pan Marek Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2018 6:18 a.m. PST

The first three photos are of Russians.

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2018 6:20 a.m. PST

Thanks. Great photos.


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2018 6:49 a.m. PST

Surely all the photos are of Russians.

Even my Blu-Ray of War and Peace suffers visually, very poor screen quality at times. Old Sergei B was just working up to Waterloo I know………

Osage2017 Inactive Member28 Mar 2018 7:47 a.m. PST

All photos show Russian troops (infantry, dragoons, cuirassiers) and civilians leaving Moscow.

FANTASTIC ! I Love it !

Many thanks !!

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2018 8:57 a.m. PST

Very nice! Bondarchuk had a real knack for Napoleonic themes.

Kevin in Albuquerque Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2018 10:11 a.m. PST

Lovely photos. I wonder how many of the extras were actually Soviet army soldiers. Those formations of infantry are pretty good for plain civilian extras.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2018 10:42 a.m. PST

I would have to disagree about Bondarchuk. Old Sergei was granted facilities any director would dream of and produced some truly…..well disappointing…not awful results.

Quiet Flows the Don was not his fault. The story does drag anyway in Sholokov's book. It is mind numbing and Sergei's filming was not that bad.

In W and P he really showed his tendency to self indulgence with cloud scenes…boy do you get cloud scenes…He tried an impressionist style with cavalry charging frantically in every direction, but with no explanation whatsoever.

He carried this over to some insane scenes in Waterloo. that RHA gunner collapses across his gun three times in a repeated sequence.

From the slow motion of the Scots Greys, who seem to achieve nothing, to the grossly speeded up charges by French and Prussian cavalry, both through a dustbowl.

Waterloo was saved by the restraining influences of the Italian input, but is still a parody of what it could have been.

I will concede the French cavalry charge as a masterpiece, until the helicopter sequence (straight from W and P). The opening attack down the hill towards Hougoumont. The exit of Louis XVIII from the Tuilleries (actually Princess Padme's palace on Naboo, also). Incredible research went into that sequence.

Bondarchuk had incredible resources. I personally think he failed badly.

I simply love Waterloo 1970, esp now I have an HD version, but have to think what might have been

Brechtel19828 Mar 2018 12:59 p.m. PST

Christopher Plummer's Wellington was excellent. Rod Steiger's Napoleon not so much.

14Bore28 Mar 2018 1:02 p.m. PST

Would love to see stills from the battle of Borodino from the movie, if you watch it there seems to be real caissons and artillery pieces

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