History in Vogue - Costume Dramas : Book to Film: War and Peace 2016 Showing 1-50 of 162
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As Isaac Babel said, if the world could write by itself, it would write like Tolstoy. So why bother with the screen adaptations at all? And sometimes they can add a dimension to the studies of character, even though they always subtract a dimension from the battlefield spectacle, no matter how much they spend. In the , state-funded, Soviet film version directed by Sergei Bondarchuk , the armies were played by the Red Army, plus horses borrowed from the Ministry of Agriculture. Sweeping scope, however, is only the second biggest thing that Tolstoy was offering.
The saga begins in the Russian Empire in When Pierre Paul Dano , Natasha Lily James and Andrei James Norton are first introduced to viewers, their youthful ambition, despite their privileged circumstances, is to find meaning in their lives. Kind-hearted but awkward Pierre, the illegitimate son of Russia's richest man, wants to change the world for the better. The spirited Natasha is searching for true love, while handsome and gallant Andrei, frustrated with the superficiality of society, seeks a higher purpose. At the same time, the French army under Napoleon edges ever closer to Russia's borders. Natasha's older brother Nikolai Jack Lowden joins the Imperial Russian Army immediately and matures during the course of the war against Napoleon.
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