Bondarchuk's War and Peace: Literary Classic to Soviet by Denise J. Youngblood

By Denise J. Youngblood

Sergei Bondarchuk's War and Peace, one of many world's maximum movie epics, originated as a result of the chilly battle. Conceived as a reaction to King Vidor's War and Peace, Bondarchuk's handed that movie in each means, giving the USSR one small victory within the cultural chilly battle for hearts and minds. This ebook, taking on Bondarchuk's masterpiece as a chilly struggle movie, an epic, a literary model, a historic drama, and a rival to Vidor's Hollywood model, recovers—and expands—a misplaced bankruptcy within the cultural and political background of the 20th century.

Like many nice works of literature, Tolstoy's epic story proved a huge problem to filmmakers. After numerous early efforts to catch the story's grandeur, it was once no longer till 1956 that King Vidor dared to convey War and Peace to the large reveal. American critics have been lukewarm in regards to the movie, however it used to be proven within the Soviet Union to renowned acclaim. This e-book tells the tale of ways the Soviet executive, army, and tradition ministry—all desirous to reclaim this Russian masterpiece from their chilly warfare 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 going selection for director, and but he produced one of many nice works of Soviet cinema, a beneficial homage to Tolstoy's masterpiece—an success in basic terms sweetened whilst Russia's chilly struggle adversary famous it with the Academy Award's Oscar for top 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 money, it was once definitely that), a literary variation, a posh mirrored image on background, and an important artifact of the cultural chilly warfare among the U.S. and the USSR. From its quite a few angles, the e-book 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 through the chilly War.

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