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By Denise J. Youngblood

ISBN-10: 0700620052

ISBN-13: 9780700620050

Sergei Bondarchuk's War and Peace, one of many world's maximum movie epics, originated on account of the chilly struggle. Conceived as a reaction to King Vidor's War and Peace, Bondarchuk's passed that movie in each approach, giving the USSR one small victory within the cultural chilly conflict for hearts and minds. This e-book, taking on Bondarchuk's masterpiece as a chilly battle movie, an epic, a literary model, a ancient drama, and a rival to Vidor's Hollywood model, recovers—and expands—a misplaced bankruptcy within the cultural and political historical past of the 20 th century.

Like many nice works of literature, Tolstoy's epic story proved an incredible problem to filmmakers. After a number of early efforts to trap the story's grandeur, it used to be now not until eventually 1956 that King Vidor dared to carry War and Peace to the large display. American critics have been lukewarm in regards to the movie, however it used to be proven within the Soviet Union to renowned acclaim. This publication tells the tale of ways the Soviet govt, army, and tradition ministry—all desirous to reclaim this Russian masterpiece from their chilly battle enemies—pulled jointly to make Bondarchuk's conflict and Peace attainable. Bondarchuk, an actor who had directed just one movie, used to be an not likely selection for director, and but he produced one of many nice works of Soviet cinema, a necessary homage to Tolstoy's masterpiece—an fulfillment in simple terms sweetened whilst Russia's chilly warfare adversary famous it with the Academy Award's Oscar for most sensible overseas Language movie of 1968.

Denise Youngblood examines the movie as an epic (and at seven hours lengthy, published in 4 components, at a value of approximately $700,000,000 in contemporary cash, it was once definitely that), a literary edition, a posh mirrored image on historical past, and an important artifact of the cultural chilly conflict among the united states and the USSR. From its numerous angles, the booklet exhibits us Bondarchuk's remarkable movie in its many dimensions—aesthetic, political, and historical—even because it unearths what the movie tells us approximately how Soviet patriotism and old reminiscence have been built in the course of the chilly War.

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