War and Peace

Director: King Vidor
Writers: Bridget Boland, Robert Westerby, King Vidor, Mario Camerini, Ennio De Concini, Ivo Perilli, Gian Gaspare Napolitano, Mario Soldati; Leo Tolstoy (novel "Voyna i mir")
Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Vittorio Gassman, Herbert Lom, Oskar Homolka, Anita Ekberg
Music by: Nino Rota
Photography by: Jack Cardiff
Runtime: 208 min.
Year: 1956

About: This screen adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novel shows the effect of Russia's Napoleonic wars on three families.

¤ In the scene where the Rostov's invite Prince Andrei to go hunting with them, Jeremy Brett is the only actor never on a mechanical horse: in all his shots he is clearly on a live horse. Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Barry Jones and May Britt are all clearly on mechanical horses in their close shots.
¤ some critics claimed that Hepburn and Fonda were miscast in this film. The role of Ferrer was considered as "made of wood".

Oscars: nominations: Best Cinematography - Color, Best Costume Design - Color, Best Director.
Golden Globes: Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film (Italy); nominations: Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama (Audrey Hepburn), Best Motion Picture Director, Best Supporting Actor.
BAFTA: nominations: Best British Actress (Audrey Hepburn), Best Film from any Source.


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