Ped Mall -Scene 1 Sun, Oct 6, 2019 6:30 PM
Ped Mall -Scene 1 Tue, Oct 8, 2019 5:30 PM
Ped Mall -The Screening Room Thu, Oct 10, 2019 5:30 PM
Series Info
Series:Special Event
Film Info
Runtime:82 minutes
Director:Sergei Bondarchuk
Year Released:1968
Production Country:Russia
Language:Russian with English subtitles


Presented in partnership with the Iowa City Book Festival. Catch each chapter individually or save money and watch the entire film with a War and Peace pass ($20 for Members and students/ $25 for non-Members)- click here to purchase! Student pass pricing available only at FilmScene's box office.

"The definitive epic of all time." - Roger Ebert

"Dazzling in its ambition and faithfullness to Tolstoy." - Seattle Times

"A great and noble translation of a literary masterpeice." - New York Magazine

The film will be presented in its entirety on Sunday, October 6. Individual chapters will be presented throughout the week as reflected here.

Sunday, October 6
1:30PM - Introduction by Anna Barker, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Russian Literature
2:00PM - Chapter 1, Andrei Bolkonsky
4:45PM - Chapter II, Natasha Rostova
6:30PM - Chapter III, The Year 1812
8:00PM - Chapter IV, Pierre Bezukhov

Monday, October 7 & Wednesday, October 9
5:30PM - Encore introduction by Anna Barker (Monday only)
6:00PM - Chapter 1
8:45PM - Chapter II

Tuesday, October 8 & Thursday, October 10
5:30PM - Chapter III
7:00PM - Chapter IV

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet film industry set out to prove it could outdo Hollywood with a production that would dazzle the world: a titanic, awe-inspiring adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic tome in which the fates of three souls - the blundering, good-hearted Pierre; the heroically tragic Prince Andrei; and the radient, tempestuous Natasha - collide amid the tumult of the Napoleonic Wars. Employing a cast of thousands and array of innovative camera techniques, director Sergei Bondarchuk conjures a sweeping vision of grand balls that glitter with rococo beauty and breathtaking battles that overwhelm with their expressionistic power. As a statement of Soviet cinema's might, War and Peace succeeded wildly, garnering the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film and setting a new standard for epic moviemaking.