Tolstoy Biography narrated by his daughter
Leo Tolstoy - The Last Years
Tolstoy the Spiritual Anarchist: On "A Confession"
Leo Tolstoy - on film
Leo Tolstoy Biography
Leo Tolstoy's Theory of History
Leo Tolstoy's 'War and Peace' is not only a historical novel but also an exercise in theoretical history. Using the example of Napoleon and his march on Moscow in 1812, Tolstoy attempts to show that the role of history's great figures is 'superficial' and 'illusory'.
Inspiring Characters in Tolstoy's War and Peace
Russian literature scholar Andrew D. Kaufman discusses the relevance of Tolstoy's epic masterpiece, at his keynote lecture, "Give War and Peace a Chance: How Tolstoy Can Change Your Life," at Regent University, as part of the Big Read sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The BBC's War & Peace: Episode 1. Name-Day
Twenty part drama of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel. The Rostov family prepares to celebrate the name-day of Countess Rostova and her younger daughter, Natalia, nicknamed Natasha.
First broadcast in 1972/3 this was one of the BBC's earliest historical drama series for colour television. Stretching into a mammoth 26 episodes if memory serves, it received only a Luke-warm reception and never really garnered much interest from the viewing public.
The original series was heavily edited into 20 parts and re-broadcast a few years later, but it never really caught on. This upload is the 20 episodes version. Very much a novelty at the time, colour TV across our measly three television channels in the UK was all the rage.
The broadcast of episode 1 coincided with the arrival of our first colour TV at home. War & Peace became something of an obsession with me at the time and I could never understand why it had such a dismal reception.
The modern viewer might spot a few familiar faces and wonder what ever happened to them. There might be one or two faces that went on to find greater fame and fortune.
War And Peace (1956) - Trailer
- Audrey Hepburn as Natasha Rostova
- Henry Fonda as Count Pierre Bezukhov
- Mel Ferrer as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky
- Oscar Homolka as General Kutuzov
- Anita Ekberg as Helene
- Vittorio Gassman as Anatole Kuragine
- Herbert Lom as Napoleon
- Helmut Dantine as Dolokhov
- Tullio Carminati as Prince Vasili Kuragine
- Barry Jones as Count Rostov
- Milly Vitale as Lise
- Lea Seidl as Countess Rostova
- Anna-Maria Ferrero as Mary Bolkonskaya
- Wilfrid Lawson as Prince Bolkonsky
- May Britt as Sonya Rostova
- Jeremy Brett as Nicholas Rostov
- John Mills as Platon Karataev
- Patrick Crean as Denisov
- Sean Barrett as Petya Rostov
- Alan Furlan as Russian officer