War And Peace

Synopsis: By 1812, Napoleon's forces controlled much of Europe. Russia, one of the few countries still unconquered, prepares to face Napoleon's troops together with Austria. Among the Russian soldiers are Count Nicholas Rostov and Prince Andrei Bolkonsky. Count Pierre Bezukhov, a friend of Andrei's and self-styled intellectual who is not interested in fighting. Pierre's life changes when his father dies, leaving him a vast inheritance. He is attracted to Natasha Rostov, Nicholas's sister, but she is too young, so he gives in to baser desires and marries the shallow, manipulative Princess Helene. The marriage ends when Pierre discovers his wife's true nature. Andrei is captured and later released by the French, and returns home only to watch his wife die in childbirth. Months later, Pierre and Andrei meet again. Andrei sees Natasha and falls in love, but his father will only permit the marriage if they postpone it for one year until Natasha turns 17. While Andrei is away on a military mission, Na
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): King Vidor
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations.
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208 min

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"As the 19th century began,

"a darkening shadow

moved across Europe.

"This shadow was propelled

by the voice of one man,

"Napoleon Bonaparte.

"Only Russia and England

offered impressive resistance.

"Over Russia, the weather was clear,

the sun was shining.

"Napoleon was 1,000 miles away,

"and the streets of Moscow

were excellent for parades."

Splendid sights,

splendid men, eh, Pierre?

- For parades.

- What do you mean by that?

Remember, I've seen

the French marching, too.

Don't tell me

they march better than that.

- Led by the greatest man in Europe.

- Bonaparte?


A usurper! A murderer!

A deposer of kings!

A colossus!

A fresh wind! A cleansing force!

What does your father say

when he hears you?

We don't talk about things like that,

my father and I.

- How is he?

- The doctors say he'll die any moment.

- Have you been to see him?

- I'm waiting to be asked.

In heaven, all things will be arranged.

I believe that's the rumour.

This is your home

when you want it to be,

and the Rostovs are your family

when you want them to be.

I smoke too much.

Isn't it lovely? How can you bear

not to go with them?

I can bear it.

If I were a man, I'd be down there,

riding a terrible black horse,

waving a sword.

It's so unfair.

Men are the only people

permitted to have any fun.

What is it, Natasha?

Those handsome young men

marching away to fight.

They could be killed.

Don't be frightened. Come on.


Now, what's this?

You look so dazzling in your uniform.

And you're going so far away.

Austria's miles,

I looked it up on the map.

That brute, Napoleon.

The Austrians make beautiful

bracelets. I'll bring you one.

- Two! They're wearing them in pairs!

- Two.

Pierre, you remember our cousin,

Sonya. She's come to stay.

Yes, though she was considerably

younger the last time I saw her.

Girls grow up, Pierre. Very fast.

Doesn't he look glorious?

Mama and Papa have

such handsome children!

Did you hear that?

Now, attention!

Ensign Count Nicholas Rostov,

I decorate you with the Order of...

...Absolutely Everything!

Don't laugh when she jokes

about the army.

Well, Petya,

you have to humour women a little!

You do look shiny, Nicholas.

If only I was old enough.

That'll come.

By that time, there won't be

a Frenchman left to be killed!

Don't worry, there'll always be

plenty of Frenchmen.

- Good luck.

- That's very civil of you.

- But why not take a commission?

- It's so easy for you men.

You decide to do something, then do it.

If you were a man, what would you do?

I'd become enormously powerful.

I'd become the Czar's most trusted

minister, and he'd consult me.

And you would sit at my right hand.

Whenever anything was complicated,

the case would be laid before you

as judge.

Why me?

Because your heart is pure

and you're good.

Well done, my dear.

On that note, I think I should leave.

If you had that power,

what would you do?


I would hesitate. Now I must go.

- Pierre, come again soon.

- I'll walk you to the door.

- "Au revoir."

- Come soon again.

Come again soon.

Mama and Papa will be awfully

lonely with Nicholas gone.

- They do love seeing you.

- Of course. I love the whole family.

The whole family?

That's not as simple as you think.

What do you mean?

There are currents and counter-currents.

Au revoir.

Now, where are you going?

Dolokhov's rooms?

I am. How did you know?

I hear things, I hear things.

Go. Go to your night of disgusting,

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Leo Tolstoy

Count Lyov (also Lev) Nikolayevich Tolstoy (English: ; Russian: Лёв (also Лев) Николаевич Толстой, tr. Lyov (also Lev) Nikoláyevich Tolstóy; IPA: [lʲɵf] (also [lʲef]) [nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ tɐlˈstoj] ( listen); 9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. Born to an aristocratic Russian family in 1828, he is best known for the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction. He first achieved literary acclaim in his twenties with his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (1852–1856), and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based upon his experiences in the Crimean War. Tolstoy's fiction includes dozens of short stories and several novellas such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886), Family Happiness (1859), and Hadji Murad (1912). He also wrote plays and numerous philosophical essays. In the 1870s Tolstoy experienced a profound moral crisis, followed by what he regarded as an equally profound spiritual awakening, as outlined in his non-fiction work A Confession (1882). His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him to become a fervent Christian anarchist and pacifist. Tolstoy's ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You (1894), were to have a profound impact on such pivotal 20th-century figures as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Tolstoy also became a dedicated advocate of Georgism, the economic philosophy of Henry George, which he incorporated into his writing, particularly Resurrection (1899). more…

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