Thursday, January 17, 2013

War and Peace : Drama Adaptation

The best adaptation of this the greatest of Leo Tolstoy's novels was done by John Davies and BBC in 1972.The series involved twenty episodes. This epic story of war and peace, love and loss is framed against the backdrop of the famous Russian war with Napoleon's army in 1812. Anthony Hopkins is outstanding as Pierre Bezukhov. Alan Dobie is also excellent as Andrei Bolkonsky. David Swift plays Napoleon. Morag Hood could have done better as Natasha. Ludmila Savelyeva is an apt Natasha in the Sergei Bondarchuk's Russian production of 1967. The sets of this Russian production were brilliant. The movie was made in four parts. But it is Anthony Hopkins that makes the difference in this greatest work of Russian literature.

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