This February, the Film Society is pleased to present a new digital restoration of Sergey Bondarchuk’s seven-hour-plus adaptation of Tolstoy’s magnificent novel. Winner of the 1969 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Bondarchuk’s War and Peace sets the changing fortunes of several aristocratic families against the backdrop of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. On record as the most expensive Soviet film in history (more than $70 million after inflation), it is also perhaps the greatest epic ever made: an exquisite production of spectacle and realism, the political and personal, that endures as a monumental achievement in filmmaking.
In advance of its exclusive run at the Film Society of Lincoln Center from February 15-21, we’re pleased to premiere the trailer for the restoration, courtesy of Janus Films. Watch above and get tickets, on sale today. See all four parts of War and Peace for $20 (FSLC Members) or $25 (General Public). Purchase your ticket package here and see showtimes for each part at the links below.
A presentation by Mosfilm Cinema Concern. A digital restoration image by image of the picture and sound using a 2K scanner. Producer of the restoration: Karen Shakhnazarov.