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Still from the film “War and Peace”. Directed by S. Bondarchuk. 1967 year

The excursion was prepared by the Tolstoy Center at 12 Pyatnitskaya Street. It will tell you how the most famous film adaptation of the novel War and Peace was created.

Video tour “War and Peace by S.F. Bondarchuk “ posted on the #Moscowstoby media platform. Participants of the virtual tour will be able to see one of the first publications of L.N. Tolstoy, made in 1868, they will learn what led to the decision to film the work almost 100 years later, and also get acquainted with the letter that marked the beginning of the filming of the film.

One part of the program will be devoted to the history of a literary masterpiece, and the other – to filming a film epic. The viewers will be shown the manuscripts of the novel “War and Peace” and the correspondence of Lev Nikolaevich, which he conducted while working on the work. Unique illustrations for the book by Mikhail Bashilov and Leonid Pasternak, created during Tolstoy’s lifetime, will be presented.

The guides will tell you that the creation of the film was timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the victory in the Patriotic War of 1812. And the director Sergei Bondarchuk, getting down to work, dreamed of “using the means of cinematography to express as fully as possible what the writer wanted to say.” The director managed to convey the atmosphere described in the book and get closer to Tolstoy’s heroes. On an online tour, they will explain how they managed to preserve the continuity of Tolstoy’s artistic method in cinema and translate the text into the language of cinema.

For example, they will tell how Bondarchuk selected actors, and show photos of famous actresses who auditioned for the role of Natasha Rostova (in the film she was played by the ballerina Lyudmila Savelyeva). Viewers will get acquainted with sketches, storyboards of scenes, a script with the director’s autograph, photographs from the filming of the film.

During the online tour, they will also pay attention to the costumes from the set, including the uniforms of Napoleon, Bagration, and actors of mass battle scenes. In addition, it will be possible to view the collection of posters and brochures for the film from different countries, presented in the exhibition.

The painting “War and Peace” by Bondarchuk instantly gained popularity all over the world. The audience was so impressed that many began to perceive the heroes of the novel exactly as the actors of the film presented them. And the famous battle scene of the battle near Borodino was perceived by an inexperienced public as a newsreel. In 1969, the film won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

#Moskostoboy is a project of the Tourism Committee, which began to be implemented in March 2020. On the platform, you can get acquainted with lectures, theatrical performances, literary readings, online tours, cooking shows, fashion shows and much more. The English version of the project is available to foreign users – #Moscowwithyou.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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