War and Peace

UC Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive

In 1969, Roger Ebert proclaimed Sergei Bondarchuk's War and Peace "the definitive epic of all time," and no film has come along since to contradict that assessment. Bondarchuk undertook the adaptation of the revered Russian novel with all the resources of the Soviet state at his disposal, including priceless museum artifacts as props and literal armies of extras.

This is what SF/Arts curator Sura Wood has to say about War and Peace :

Sergei Bondarchuk’s four-part, seven-hour 1966 adaptation of Tolstoy’s epic novel, shown at four separate screenings over successive weekends this month, may be something of a marathon but the rewards are many. Supported by the Soviet state, Bondarchuk harnessed museum artifacts for props, legions of extras and Tolstoy’s compelling characters to tell a sprawling story that reaches from opulent ballrooms and decadent parties to carnage on the battlefield.

Event Info
Sep 01 → Sep 27
Varies Wed thru Sun 12 to 7
$5 UC Berkeley students; $8 BAMPFA members; $9 UC Berkeley faculty & staff, Non-UC Berkeley students, disabled, 65+, 18 & under; and artists in the BA
Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center Street , Berkeley
Info: 5106420808
Venue: 510/642-0808
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