Eternity Film Series


WAR AND PEACE (1965-67) by Sergei Bondarchuk 
PART IV: PIERRE BEZUKHOV, 92 mins. 
 
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 IV Pierre Bezukhov (1965-67) Sergei Bondarchuk, 70mm, clr, snd, 92 min. English subtitles. 
 
“Exhaustive, spectacular, often dazzling in its ambition, the movie is still regarded as one of the wonders of epic cinema.”  Seattle Times 
 
THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY (1921-23) by Alexandre Volkoff 
CHAPTER 5: THE HUMAN BRIDGE, 33 min. & CHAPTER 6: THE VOICE OF BLOOD, 25 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. 
 
FILMS: The House of Mystery / La Maison du mystère (1921-23) Alexandre Volkoff, Chapter 5 The Human Bridge / Le Pont vivant, 33 min. Chapter 6 The Voice of Blood / La Voix du sang, 25 min. English intertitles. 
 
Total running time: 150 mins. 
Note: War and Peace and The House of Mystery are shown over multiple evenings. 
 
LINKS: 
War and Peace
https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/war-and-peace-1969
 
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: AVA Gallery and Art Center, 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.