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War and Peace (1956)

1 rating: 4.0
Art House & International and Classics movie directed by King Vidor

Despite its reputation as an oversimplified epic, King Vidor'sWar and Peaceremains a stellar showcase of Hollywood prestige. While Cecil B. De Mille was reviving ancient Egypt forThe Ten Commandments, Vidor was transforming Italian countryside into war-torn … see full wiki

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Director: King Vidor
Genre: Classics, Foreign
1 review about War and Peace (1956)

It should have and could have been so much better....

  • Feb 18, 2004
It has been almost 50 years since this film first appeared, allegedly based on Tolstoy's novel and stolidly directed by King Vidor. Since then, of course, there have been dozens of other epic films whose special effects were aided and enhanced by technologies then unavailable to Vidor and his crew. However, given the scope and depth of Tolstoy's examination of Russia in the 1805-1815 time period, even a film produced today could not possibly do full justice to his novel. My rating takes into full (and respectful) account when this film was made; also, I admit being charmed by Audrey Hepburn's style and grace in the role of Natasha. However, Vidor's direction seems to me uninspired, at times listless, and Henry Fonda (one of my favorite actors) is woefully miscast as Pierre. However, there are several magnificent, truly memorable scenes. The cast and crew are inevitably multi-national, adding at least some seasoning to a bland screenplay. Strong performances in a supporting role are provided by Vittorio Gassman (Anatole), Oscar Homolka (General Kutuzov), and Herbert Lom (Napoleon). Jack Cardiff and Aldo Tonti's cinematography is first-rate. "All things considered," the film is often entertaining despite a running time of 208 minutes. It is what it is...but not what it could have been. Hence my rating of Three and One-Half Stars to which I add half a Star in special appreciation of Audrey Hepburn's performance.

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