If you enjoyed the recent BBC production of War and Peace – and perhaps even more so if you didn’t – you may be intrigued to see this wonderful clip of the ballroom scene from the epic Russian version directed by Sergei Bondarchuk. The film was made in 1966 and was over six hours long on release. Bondarchuk, a great hero of Russian cinema, himself took the role of Pierre with Vyacheslav Tikhanov as Prince Andrei and the utterly captivating Ludmila Saveyleva as Natasha. As well being a massive hit with audiences in Russia, War and Peace won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. You can see why from this clip which captures exactly and wonderfully, the precise moment two people fall in love.
May 11, 2015
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