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Plot, Details & Awards

War and Peace

(2002)
PG In Theaters 06/28/2002 , 208min.
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Plot & Details

War and Peace is a commendable attempt to boil down Tolstoy's long, difficult novel into 208 minutes' screen time. In recreating the the social and personal upheavals attending Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia, $6 million was shelled out by coproducers Carlo Ponti, Dino de Laurentiis and Paramount Pictures. Some of the panoramic battle sequences are so expertly handled by second-unit director Mario Soldati that they appear to be Technicolor-and-Vistavision newsreel footage of the actual events. Still, the film falters dramatically, principally because of a lumpy script and King Vidor's surprisingly lustreless direction. In addition, the casting is wildly consistent: for example, while Audrey Hepburn is flawless as Natasha, Henry Fonda is far too "Yankeefied" as the introspective Pierre. Proving too long and unwieldy for most audiences, War and Peace died at the box office; far more successful was the epic, scrupulously faithful 1968 version, filmed in the Soviet Union.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1956 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director King Vidor Nominated
1956 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Cinematography Jack Cardiff Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1956 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director King Vidor Nominated
1956 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Audrey Hepburn Nominated
1956 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1956 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Film Won
1956 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Oscar Homolka Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1956 Directors Guild of America Best Director King Vidor Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1956 National Board of Review Best Foreign Film Nominated

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