"War and Peace (1965)" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

In this case -. With a creative duel In 1956, the world saw the Hollywood film version of the epic novel of Leo Tolstoy and served as the impetus for the first great Russian film adaptation. The scale of the event is still legendary. Cinematic cavalry regiment numbering 1,500 people, a fundamentally new technical equipment, a lot of characters and almost ten centimeters thick script - it is not surprising that the director Sergei Bondarchuk epic for the filming of two experienced clinical death. But the efforts were not wasted, and at the moment, "War and Peace" - the only one of the Soviet and Russian films, award-winning major world cinema -. Oscar and Golden Globe for best foreign film
Soviet epic screen version is considered to be a model. Bondarchuk sought as close to the original film. Kinogeroi repeated replicas of his literary prototypes, word for word, the battle shows the most realistic, but, despite this canonical, director for some reason decided to exclude from the film's second most important line of Nicholas, Sonya and Marya, spiritual quest Pierre in a Masonic lodge and a rather controversial epilogue . Perhaps the main challenge for the creators, it was precisely to convey the patriotic mood of the piece, the same "war", which so willingly skipped school students in reading Tolstoy. However, removing a significant portion of the beloved "peace", is formed not only semantic, but also an emotional hole, hindering perception of the picture.
Besides Bondarchuk did not provide the right actors to "play everything through the eyes of" . He generously Seasons action characters thoughts aloud and voice-over of the author, not subtracting, and without adding anything to the author's text of Tolstoy. Thus, the film adaptation is a vivid animated graphic novel, which only displays events in the book. Bondarchuk's credo is that a departure from the scene - a step into the abyss. But for certainly a pleasant picture hidden complete absence of life.
actors are doing everything possible to offset the resulting difference, but here all the efforts of one stroke overlaps (ta-Da'am Workers Party!) Age. Almost all artists much older than their characters . Pierre (Sergei Bondarchuk) here - grown wise man lives, experiencing a midlife crisis, who suddenly wanted new experiences. Naive, lost and timid Petrushka, whose "baby, good, even somewhat stupid, as if apologizing," face smiling from the pages of Tolstoy, lost under the weight of twenty-five years age difference between the actor and the character. Helen (Irene Skobtseva), despite the image of udavshiysya predatory and bitchy ladies, is also on the decline of youth.
Although Vyacheslav Tikhonov above your Prince Andrew , its image has become a cult. It is difficult to imagine someone more suitable for this role. This is an absolute hit, and the exterior and in character ( "Prince Bolkonsky was small, very handsome young man with a definite and dry characteristics. Everything in his figure, from a tired, bored looking to the Pacific dimensional step represents the most striking contrast with his Small, lively wife. "). Hardness, pride, strength of character - all this so subtly interwoven with each other, which creates Bolkonsky, remain one of the best in the history of film-image. I found a brilliant embodiment of the screen Anatole Kuragin (Basil Lanoviy) . Incredibly attractive conqueror of female hearts, as well as sister seems predator preying on defenseless Natasha. A small, but, in my opinion, the best part.
Finally, Natasha, the favorite heroine of Tolstoy's. Natalia Rostova - amazingly complex character, simple and at the same time, a mysterious image of the Russian girl, "countess, educated emigrant Frenchwoman." It is a live girl in the prime of life, whose character is improved, "sand" under the influence of the loss and upheaval. It is not surprising that the actress for the role of Natasha for a long time could not find, but after seeing Ludmila Saveliev, doubts have been cast aside - it was her. And then my opinion is fundamentally at odds with the views of the creators of the film and, in general, everyone who admires Rostova by Savelevoj. Soviet Natasha - a continuous flow of irrepressible energy and unwarranted enthusiasm. Constantly staring eyes looking at the world around us with interest a newborn puppy and continuing aspiration utterly annoying. Only in the final scene of Natasha's opinion expresses the fact that he must express in the book, but all he says is not so much to end the epic at this moment and finally crumple finals.
Its disadvantages of any product, whether it's a movie Bondarchuk, Tolstoy's book or Prokofiev. Without it anywhere. Ideals do not exist. The film has its drawbacks, but introduced into by their contribution to the Russian culture is priceless. Individual scenes, such as the first and waltz Bolkdnski Natasha, are legendary . Here it is, a strong-willed and independent, comes up to her, weak and tender. Their eyes meet, they whirl in the dance, looking at each other's faces. They disagree, and understand that it is broken and subject to it, it is - strong and confident in his love
Procession before the great battle already represents another love - of country and God.. Great procession moves on the future battlefield, attracting each. Everything from the soldier, cleaning quiver, to the generals, making final arrangements, bow before the icon of Our Lady of Smolensk, perhaps for the last time in his life. The large-scale battle scenes, in detail showing selflessly coming to the rescue of his country's people, and creepy-desert left Moscow cause patriotic feelings even in the toughest souls.
addition, Bondarchuk carefully and skillfully arranges emphasis in the most important episodes. Helene's voice trembling, tears off her mask of the ideal woman, shot like the first person, when a frame is blurred by tears and, of course, music. Tunes here are a few, but they come at precisely the moment when it is needed. Dance Andrei and Natasha demanding musical illustration of the nascent feeling fearless attack Russian soldiers, recognized Pierre love - all turning points are accompanied by appropriate music. The rest work is done by the roar of enthusiastic soldiers, cannon shots and the sound of the bells of Moscow, - still the natural surroundings has not been canceled
Today, somewhere in the archives of Mosfilm carefully preserved the original film with imprinted on it a masterpiece of both Russian. literature, and Russian cinema. From it emanates subtle golden glow. Glow is - flowing over the edge of the Russian soul. It covers two centuries of rich history, dozens of generations of families, wins and losses. And it is not obsolete. It has long been time passed balls and salons, social roles of men and women have changed significantly. Even since filming has been almost fifty years, but the "War and Peace" by Sergei Bondarchuk watched watch and will look if only because it is one of the few films that produce the heat that is and will warm and calm on a cloudy evening and make proud the national history. History, shimmering in the archives of Mosfilm.

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