Directed by King Vidor • 1956 • United States
Starring Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer
Tolstoy’s mighty tome gets a sweeping, all-star adaptation under the expert direction of Hollywood-epic specialist King Vidor. Henry Fonda’s Pierre, Audrey Hepburn’s Natasha, and Mel Ferrer’s Prince Andrei are the iconic dreamers, lovers, and troubled souls whose lives intertwine and are forever altered over the course of the Napoleonic wars. Boasting stunning battle sequences, a rapturous score by Nino Rota, and the lensing of ace cinematographer Jack Cardiff, WAR AND PEACE effectively translates the grandeur of Tolstoy’s vision without losing sight of the complex human relationships at its center.