War and Peace (Война и мир / Voyna i mir) is a historical epic shot between 1961-1967 and released over 1965–67. This Soviet movie, co-written and directed by Sergei Bondarchuk, is of course an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s 1869 novel of the same name.
Like the book, the movie follows to main story-lines. One concerns the love between the young Countess Natasha Rostova (Ludmila Savelyeva) and Count Pierre Bezukhov (played by Sergei Bondarchuk himself). The other covers the War of 1812 – called the Great Patriotic War by Russians – and Napoleon’s invasion of Russia.
The movie came out in four installments:
Film 1: Andrei Bolkonsky
Film 2: Natasha Rostova
Film 3: The Year 1812
Film 4: Pierre Bezukhov
You can watch all four installments in our Links section, except in the USA, where they are currently blocked. You can also find the War and Peace DVD here on Amazon.