Review: War and Peace

The 1956 adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, featuring Audrey Hepburn, is a classic film worth revisiting
Nudrat Kamal Karachi

Leo Tolstoy is Hollywood’s favourite go-to Russian novelist. To date, his novel Anna Karenina has been adapted for film 25 times (with the latest Joe Wright-directed version released just last month), and War and Peacehas been brought to life on screen no less than 13 times. This 1956 version was the first English-language adaptation, and it does a remarkable job of condensing Tolstoy’s 1200-page epic saga into just less than three-and-a-half hours of running time. Perfectly balancing the senselessness and chaos of war with the brief interludes of peace, it chronicles the social and personal upheaval that was wrought by Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia.

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