War and Peace

Baz Luhrmann Selects
Director: Sergei Bondarchuk 1966 452 Minutes G
War and Peace Mon 07 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 10:30am 452mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA

This epic, seven-hour adaptation of the novel War and Peace is an extraordinarily lavish telling of a love triangle between three characters whose stories interweave amid the Napoleonic Wars.

Afforded an unlimited budget and boundless resources from the Soviet state, including access to the Russian army, War and Peace features — quite literally — a cast of thousands. First conceived as a Soviet response to the Hollywood adaptation of the novel a few years prior, the film has been restored by Russian studio Mosfilm.

In an unparalleled technical marvel, the camera swoops over battlefields and glides through ballroom dances brimming with sophistication and opulence. Director Sergei Bondarchuk injects impeccable artistry to Tolstoy’s vast narrative crafting the film into an intimate, sweeping tale.

Screening schedule

Part 1: 10.30am – 12.57pm

Intermission: 12.57 – 1.07pm

Part 2: 1.08 – 2.44pm

Intermission: 2.44 – 2.54pm

Part 3: 2.55 – 4.16pm

Intermission: 4.16 – 4.26pm

Part 4: 4.27 – 6.03pm


Language:Russian, German and French, with English subtitles
Director:Sergei Bondarchuk
Cast:Lyudmila Saveleva, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Sergei Bondarchuk, Boris Zakhava
Script:Sergei Bondarchuk, Vasiliy Solovyov (based on the original story by Leo Tolstoy)
Program strand:Baz Luhrmann Selects
Rights:Janus Films