“All thoughts that have huge consequences are always simple. My whole idea is that if vicious people are interconnected and make up strength, then honest people need to do the same,” – with these words of Leo Tolstoy epic picture “War and Peace” begins. Film tells about the life of Russian society at the beginning of the 19th century. Against the backdrop of the tragic and dramatic events associated with the war with Napoleon, the psychological searches of Andrei Bolkonsky, Natasha Rostova, Pierre Bezukhov and other heroes of the famous novel are vividly presented.
Parts Three and Four should be along from Mosfilms over the next two weeks. If we have a next two weeks.
As I mentioned last March in Noted in Passing: The Russians were behind the biggest movie ever made:
I first saw this extravaganza in a single night at a San Francisco movie theater in the early 70s. It was, for a time, shown every year as a kind of sop to all the San Fransicko lib and progs. The movie would start at 11:00 PM after an hour or so warming up and getting in the mood in the lobby with vodka bottles encased in blocks of ice, shashlik, and caviar. We then sat through 3 segments of 2 hours for the first two and three for the last. All with 30-minute intermissions for MORE vodka bottles encased in blocks of ice, shashlik, and caviar.. WE STAGGERED (literally) out into a raw San Francisco dawn with massive hangovers and ears still ringing from the Battle of Borodino. Lesson learned for today? Russia has massive armies and uses them and doesn’t care about high casualties at all.
Previously titled: “Saturday Night at the American Digest Drive In: Have you got all night? You’ll need it.”