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A bold, refreshing and modern take on one of the most famous and epic stories of all time encompassing huge themes of love and war, life and death. Widely regarded as one of the greatest novels ever written, War and Peace is a timeless story of three young people set against the epic backdrop of Russia’s wars with Napoleon.

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Great start

Episode 1 was great. The cast is perfect. Well done BBC


Wolf Hall this ain't. Not even Downton Abbey. Prepare to hate them all and/or fall asleep.

the Beeb at its worst

Having read the book and watched the BBC's magnificent 1972 adaption I can say that Andrew Davies mutilate's Tolstoy's epic almost beyond recognition. He bounce's around from one part of the book to another with nary a clue as to how they related.

The 1972 adaptation (whilst compressed, and with inferior sets & visuals due to technological constraints) spent TIME develping the protagonists, time expounding the Count's philosophy of life through his creations and featured the Welsh Guards playing "God Save the Tzar" for the opening and closing credits. Anthony Hopkisn is magniifcent as Count Pierre Bezukov and the late Morag Hood as Countess Rostova. Yes is does feel too much like a stage play at times, but thats's because the shots that are possible now, wearnt' then.

This version in contrast can be described as 'bonking', battles, ball rooms and missed opprotunities, it promises so much visually but each time Davies had the opportunity to really hit the nail on the head and deliver the essence of the novel he failed. Andrei's thoughts beneath the oak tree, the diplomacy and Princess Bolkonskya's pilgrims (although the latter are breifly mentioned) are all cut, yet all are essential to the story (and this is only a small sample of the essentials that were cut).

If anyone has salvaged something for this adapation it is Lily James as Natasha Rostoava , she really does her best to capture the essence of Tolstoy's 'perfect women' although even she is hamstrang by Davie's awful screenplay.

Don't waste your money, buy the 72 adaptation.

War and Peace
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  • HD Version
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 03 January 2016

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