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War and Peace Details

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War and Peace is a commendable attempt to boil down Tolstoy's long, difficult novel into 208 minutes' screen time. In recreating the the social and personal upheavals attending Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia, $6 million was shelled out by coproducers Carlo Ponti, Dino de Laurentiis and Paramount Pictures. Some of the panoramic battle sequences are so expertly handled by second-unit director Mario Soldati that they appear to be Technicolor-and-Vistavision newsreel footage of the actual events. Still, the film falters dramatically, principally because of a lumpy script and King Vidor's surprisingly lustreless direction. In addition, the casting is wildly consistent: for example, while Audrey Hepburn is flawless as Natasha, Henry Fonda is far too "Yankeefied" as the introspective Pierre. Proving too long and unwieldy for most audiences, War and Peace died at the box office; far more successful was the epic, scrupulously faithful 1968 version, filmed in the Soviet Union. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 21, 1956

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Audrey Hepburn Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1956 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Cardiff Best Color Cinematography 1956 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association King Vidor Best Director 1956 Nominee
Directors Guild of America King Vidor Best Director 1956 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences King Vidor Best Director 1956 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Oscar Homolka Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1956 Nominee

Cast

Audrey Hepburn
as Natasha
Henry Fonda
as Pierre
Mel Ferrer
as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky
Vittorio Gassman
as Anatole
Anita Ekberg
as Helene
Oscar Homolka
as Gen. Mikhail Kutuzov
Herbert Lom
as Napoleon
John Mills
as Platon
Helmut Dantine
as Dolokhov
Milly Vitale
as Lise
Barry Jones
as Count Ilya Rostov
Wilfred Lawson
as Prince Nicholas Bolkonsky
Jeremy Brett
as Nicholas Rostov
Sean Barrett
as Petya Rostov
Tullio Carminatti
as Kuragin
Patrick Crean
as Denisov
Gertrude Flynn
as Peronskaya
Marisa Allasio
as Matriosa
Cesare Barbetti
as Young Boy
Vincent Barbi
as Balaga
Georges Brehat
as French Officer at Execution
Guido Celano
as Napoleon's Officer
Bob Cunningham
as Pierre's Second at Duel
Carlo Dale
Mino Doro
as Russian General
Andre Eszterhazy
as Dolokhov's Second
Andrea Fantasia
as Constand
Stephen Lang
as Tichon
Clelia Matania
as Mlle. Georges
Richard Macnamara
as De Beausset
Mimmo Palmara
Teresa Pellati
as Masa
Jerry Riggio
Alfredo Rizzo
as Soldiers During the Rostovs' Exile
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
as Young Cossack
Robert Stephens
as Officers Talking with Natasha During Exile
Gualtiero Tumiati
as Pierre's Father
Maria Zanoli
as Mayra
Piero Palermini
as Russian Artillery Lieutenant
Angelo Galassi
John Stacey
Geoffrey Copleston
Lea Seidl
as Countess Rostov
Richard Macnamara
as De Beausset
Bob Cunningham
as Pierre's Second at Duel
Marisa Allasio
as Matriosa
Robert Stephens
as Officers Talking with Natasha During Exile
Vincent Barbi
as Balaga
Mino Doro
as Russian General
Maria Zanoli
as Mayra
Andrea Fantasia
as Constand
Andre Eszterhazy
as Dolokhov's Second
Piero Palermini
as Russian Artillery Lieutenant
Guido Celano
as Napoleon's Officer
Teresa Pellati
as Masa
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
as Young Cossack
Clelia Matania
as Mlle. Georges
Stephen Lang
as Tichon
Gualtiero Tumiati
as Pierre's Father
Georges Brehat
as French Officer at Execution
Alfredo Rizzo
as Soldiers During the Rostovs' Exile
Cesare Barbetti
as Young Boy

Crew

King Vidor
Director
Carlo Ponti
Producer
Dino de Laurentiis
Producer
Leo Tolstoy
Book Author
Bridget Boland
Screenwriter
Mario Camerini
Screenwriter
Ivo Perilli
Screenwriter
King Vidor
Screenwriter
Ennio de Concini
Screenwriter
Robert Westerby
Screenwriter
Jack Cardiff
Cinematographer
Aldo Tonti
Cinematographer
Franco Ferrara
Musical Direction/Supervision
Nino Rota
Composer (Music Score)
Stuart Gilmore
Editor
Leo Cattozzo
Editor
Gianni Polidori
Art Director
Franz Bachelin
Art Director
Guidarino Guidi
First Assistant Director
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