Eternity Film Series


WAR AND PEACE (1965-67) by Sergei Bondarchuk 
PART II: NATASHA ROSTOVA, 93 min. 
 
War and Peace is a sprawling 6.5-hour Soviet historic drama adapted from Leo Tolstoy's 1869 novel that replicates of the comings and goings of Moscow's upper crust in the Napoleonic Era, the movements of armies over a seven-year period, and the author's endless musing on the nature of historical inquiry and the question of free will vs. historical determinism. Rated 100% by Rotten Tomatoes, the massive epic is something akin to a Russian Gone with the Wind re-interpreted by director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rogue). 
 
FILM: War and Peace / Война и мир Part II, Natasha Rostova (1965-67) Sergei Bondarchuk, 70mm, clr, snd, 93 min. English subtitles. 
 
HOUSE OF MYSTERY (1921-23) by Alexandre Volkoff 
CHAPTER 1: THE TREACHEROUS FRIEND, 54 min. 
 
Produced for sophisticated adult audiences, the 10-episode French serial La Maison du mystère showcases the imaginative talents of Parisian White Russian émigré actor Ivan Mosjoukine. The involved plot centers around Julien Villandrit (Mosjoukine) and his star-crossed courtship to Régine (Hélène Darly), that inspires bitterness and jealousy in Henri (Charles Vanel), Julien's long-time associate and secret rival in love. Extremely beautiful 35mm restoration is enhanced by a brilliant new music score of Neil Brand. 
 
FILM: The House of Mystery / La Maison du mystère (1921-23) Alexandre Volkoff, Chapter 1 The Treacherous Friend / L'Ami felon, 54 min. English intertitles. 
 
“Unpredictable plots, strong performances and style to burn…even the staunchest anti-serial critics were won over by the intelligence and skill with which this Albatros production was made.”  Movies Silently 
 
Total running time: 147 mins. 
Note: War and Peace and The House of Mystery shown over multiple evenings. 
 
LINKS: 
War & Peace
https://sovietmoviesonline.com/drama/16-voyna-i-mir.html
 
House of Mystery
https://vimeo.com/121941607
http://moviessilently.com/2015/03/08/house-mystery-1923-silent-film-review/

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Series Sponsors: CATV, Department of Film and Media Studies at Dartmouth, Department of Russian at Dartmouth, Jones Media Center at Dartmouth Library, VTIFF Vermont International Film Festival.

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