PG | | Drama, Romance, War
Napoleon's (Herbert Lom's) tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.
Italian Director Mario Soldati directed about one-third of the movie, including the entry of the Grand Army into Moscow, their retreat, the Beresina Crossing, and scenes in Bolkonsky's country house. He appears only in the credits as a Second Unit Director. Contrary to what some may think, King Vidor directed the Battle of Borodino.
Pierre Bezukhov: They're the lice that live on the conquerors. They have to leave or die.
When Natasha is waltzing with Prince Andrei at the ball, Andrei and some of the other men on the dance floor can be seen wearing swords, which swing around as they move. Exactly for that reason -- they would have whacked into other people -- swords were not worn while dancing.
Closing credits epilogue: The most difficult thing - but an essential one - is to love Life, to love it even while one suffers, because Life is all. Life is God, and to love Life means to love God. Tolstoy "WAR and PEACE"
Two different versions of the main titles exists. Both of them in English. In the one, the credits are set against a neutral background, in the other against details of a painting of Napoleon in front of his troops.
English, Italian, Russian