Watch the Restored Trailer for Sergey Bondarchuk’s Epic ‘War and Peace’

Sergey Bondarchuk's Epic

Sergey Bondarchuk’s seven-hour-plus epic adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s grand novel War and Peace is definitely one of ten essential Soviet films you should watch at least once.

Released in four parts, it was also one of the most expensive films produced in Russia. The movie won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

The restoration opens at NYC’s Film Society of Lincoln Center on February 15, courtesy of Janus Films. You can watch the trailer for the film below.

Sergey Bondarchuk's Epic

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet film industry set out to prove it could outdo Hollywood with a production that would dazzle the world: a titanic, awe-inspiring adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic tome in which the fates of three souls—the blundering, good-hearted Pierre; the heroically tragic Prince Andrei; and the radiant, tempestuous Natasha—collide amid the tumult of the Napoleonic Wars. Employing a cast of thousands and an array of innovative camera techniques, director Sergei Bondarchuk conjures a sweeping vision of grand balls that glitter with rococo beauty and breathtaking battles that overwhelm with their expressionistic power. As a statement of Soviet cinema’s might, War and Peace succeeded wildly, garnering the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and setting a new standard for epic moviemaking.