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"MOVIE: War and Peace By Sergey Bondarchuk 1966" Topic

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26 Jul 2020 10:22 a.m. PST
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VinceScrim26 Jul 2020 10:13 a.m. PST

Anyone else purchase the DVD/Blue Ray from Criterion?
They restored it very nicely.
I love the film, but thought the artillery was overkill.

T Corret Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2020 11:24 a.m. PST

So did the infantry and cavalry.

USAFpilot26 Jul 2020 1:52 p.m. PST

What do you think of the other versions? I thought the one with Henry Fonda and Audrey Hepburn was better IMHO. I have not seen the most recent version though.

clibinarium26 Jul 2020 2:38 p.m. PST

Haven't seen the restored version, but have a DVD of the older print. Bondarchuk's battle scenes tend to put the emphasis on scale and chaos, his editing can be a bit jarring, and I wish he had a stedicam for the hand-held work. But there's no denying the spectacle and sweep of the film.

The parading of the icon before Borodino is one of the most mesmerising scenes in any film, and the soldiers singing "Vive Henri Quatre" is great too.

14Bore26 Jul 2020 5:22 p.m. PST

Watched it maybe a year ago, in the Borodino beginning part there are some examples of artillery vehicles worth freeze framing.
What makes you say the artillery was over kill?

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