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The story of five aristocratic families in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars of 1812
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Series cast summary:
Clémence Poésy ...  Natasha Rostova 4 episodes, 2007
Alessio Boni ...  Prince Andrej Bolkonsky 4 episodes, 2007
Alexander Beyer ...  Pierre Bezukhov 4 episodes, 2007
Malcolm McDowell ...  Prince Bolkonsky 4 episodes, 2007
Andrea Giordana ...  Count Rostov 4 episodes, 2007
Valentina Cervi ...  Marja Bolkonsky 4 episodes, 2007
Hannelore Elsner ...  Countess Rostova 4 episodes, 2007
Benjamin Sadler ...  Dolokhov 4 episodes, 2007
Toni Bertorelli Toni Bertorelli ...  Vasilii Kuragin 4 episodes, 2007
Violante Placido ...  Helene Kuragin 4 episodes, 2007
Ana Caterina Morariu Ana Caterina Morariu ...  Sonja 4 episodes, 2007
Elodie Frenck ...  Lise 4 episodes, 2007
Ken Duken ...  Anatole Kuragin 4 episodes, 2007
Hary Prinz ...  Denisov 4 episodes, 2007
Vladimir Ilin ...  Kutuzov 4 episodes, 2007
Dmitriy Isaev Dmitriy Isaev ...  Nikolaj 4 episodes, 2007
Igor Kostolevskiy ...  Tzar Alexander 4 episodes, 2007
Wenanty Nosul ...  Gherasim 4 episodes, 2007
Frédéric Gorny Frédéric Gorny ...  Ramballe 4 episodes, 2007
Pilar Abella ...  Mademoisellle Bourienne 4 episodes, 2007
Scali Delpeyrat ...  Napoleon 4 episodes, 2007
Brenda Blethyn ...  Márja Dmitrijewna Achrosímowa 4 episodes, 2007
Juozapas Bogdanas Juozapas Bogdanas ...  Petja (Child) 4 episodes, 2007
Janusz Szilowsky Janusz Szilowsky ...  General Weirothen 4 episodes, 2007
Lech Dyblik ...  Tichon 4 episodes, 2007
Darius Meskauskas Darius Meskauskas ...  Business Manager 4 episodes, 2007
Pawel Burczyk ...  Igor - Head Waiter 4 episodes, 2007
Pijus Cesaitis Pijus Cesaitis ...  Nikolushka 4 episodes, 2007
Mindaugas Majauskas Mindaugas Majauskas ...  Nikolushka (older) / ... 4 episodes, 2007
Robert Mazurkiewicz Robert Mazurkiewicz ...  Marshall Davoust 4 episodes, 2007
Andrey Gusev ...  Platon 4 episodes, 2007
Algirdas Tupe Algirdas Tupe ...  Prokofy 4 episodes, 2007
Simas Lindesis Simas Lindesis ...  Petja (teenager) / ... 4 episodes, 2007
Paulius Ignatavicus Paulius Ignatavicus ...  Zidrinsky 4 episodes, 2007
Yves Aubert Yves Aubert ...  Napoleon 4 episodes, 2007
Tim Bentinck ...  Denisov 4 episodes, 2007
Daniel Flynn ...  Prince Andrej Bolkonsky 4 episodes, 2007
Teresa Gallagher ...  Sonja 4 episodes, 2007
Michael Harbour Michael Harbour ...  Count Rostov 4 episodes, 2007
Ève Karpf Ève Karpf ...  Countess Rostova 4 episodes, 2007
Jonathan Keeble Jonathan Keeble ...  Pierre Bezukhov 4 episodes, 2007
Corin Mellinger Corin Mellinger ...  Nikolaj 4 episodes, 2007
Saul Reichlin ...  Vasilii Kuragin 4 episodes, 2007
Marie Bierstedt Marie Bierstedt ...  Natasha Rostova 3 episodes, 2007
Sonja Deutsch Sonja Deutsch ...  Márja Dmitrijewna Achrosímowa 3 episodes, 2007
Tobias Kluckert Tobias Kluckert ...  Prince Andrej Bolkonsky 3 episodes, 2007
Helmut Krauss Helmut Krauss ...  Kutuzov 3 episodes, 2007
Fred Maire Fred Maire ...  Vasilii Kuragin 3 episodes, 2007
Ernst Meincke Ernst Meincke ...  Count Rostov 3 episodes, 2007
Hans Teuscher Hans Teuscher ...  Prince Bolkonsky 3 episodes, 2007
Gintaire Cepukonye Gintaire Cepukonye ...  Natasha's Maid / ... 2 episodes, 2007
Rimas Morkunas ...  Driver / ... 2 episodes, 2007
Valeri Lobunets Valeri Lobunets ...  Butler 2 episodes, 2007
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A Russian Prince experiences battle against Napoleon and a troubled relationship with his father and wife. Finds acceptance of her death and eventually his chance of true love. A spoiled, high-society fickle young woman loves and her years of unhappiness. A Count illegitimate, idler son reflects on politics and friendship. Experiences his first and hopeless love, is forced into a marriage with serious consequences and finally survives Napoleon invasion of Moscow and its aftermath. Written by Eugene Fraga

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Russian | English

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21 October 2007 (Italy) See more »

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Lithuania See more »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Near the end of the series (set in 1813), Pierre plays the first bars of Chopin's Nocturne in C sharp minor - which was composed in 1830. See more »

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Version of War and Peace: Episode #1.1 (2007) See more »

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A Dubbed Down Version of a Classic!
19 February 2011 | by GaelicLassSee all my reviews

I have to say that I watched this movie because of my love for Russian history and for Tolstoy. I was entertained yet, disappointed as well.

This series is based on the classic epic novel by Tolstoy and is a massive undertaking for any film company and this is a pretty good adaption. It tells the love story of several young aristocrats set against Napoleon's invasion of Russia in approximately 1812. There are a few war scenes, not many, but enough to know what is going on. While filmed in St Petersburg we don't get to see much of it due to it's limited budget I imagine. The focus is on the main protagonists and their relationships.

My main problem was with the casting of some of the leads. This was truly a multi European cast of actors coming from all over Europe, including Italy, Germany, Russia, Poland, with some Brits thrown in as well.

First of all, Clemence Poesy as Natasha wasn't believable to me. A young lady from an aristocratic family raised in the French style would carry herself much differently. Here she seems childish, bratty, and not especially beautiful, which she isn't in the book, but still she must show something that would attract as much passion as we are suppose to believe she does here. She certainly doesn't come close to the elegance and beauty of a young Audrey Hepburn in the 50's version.

The characters of Andrej and Pierre (Alessio Boni and Alexander Beyer) seem very unemotional and stiff, especially Boni who doesn't seem at all passionate. This may be due to the fact that while they spoke English in it-you could tell from reading their lips-their voices were dubbed by British people more than likely due to their heavy Italian and German accents, Bonni being Italian and Beyer German. I have seen Boni before and he is a fine actor when allowed to speak for himself.

The rest of the cast is good, with some fine older character actors included; Malcolm McDowell and Brenda Blethyn are marvelous. All of the actors are well known in their respective countries and some have made American or British movies before so they are recognizable to me. I loved the Russian general, Kutuzov, played so well by Dmitri Isayev, a fine character actor.

The screen play seems written with the thought that the film will be dubbed and subtitles shown in many countries (I watched the Spanish subtitled version). The sentences are kept short to allow time for the viewers to read the captions; I find this very annoying. Not all the actors are dubbed; some actor's voices were used, accents and all.

I love the story of War and Peace, so I watched the entire thing anyway and suggest you do the same if it is a favorite of yours. So far, I haven't seen a version I really love so I will have to make do with what we have so far. I prefer this version to the badly cast American version of the 1950's. Only Hepburn did a fairly good job in that film, possibly because she was born into a European aristrocaratic family and knew how a young woman would act. It did have a better screen play, in my opinion.

To dub or notto dub? I prefer subtitles, added after the fact. Amricans, in general, do not like dubbing which is probably the reason it was never released here in the States, but many European countries use it a lot, although I hear that is changing.


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