History Literature / WarAndPeace

4th Mar '17 5:02:14 PM RoseAndHeather
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It is the year 1805. [[SmugSnake Napoleon Bonaparte]] has installed himself as Emperor of France, and he makes war on Austria and Russia in his bid to establish France as the supreme nation on Earth. In Petersburg, [[ThePhilosopher Pierre Bezukhov]], the illegitimate son of Count Kirill [[{{Patronymic}} Vladimirovich]] Bezukhov, attends a soirée at Anna Pavlovna's, a lady in waiting to the Russian empress. On St. Natalya's Day, guests gather at the Rostov mansion at Otradnoe to pay their respects to [[StepfordSmiler Countess Rostov]] and her daughter [[TheCutie Natasha]]. Some days later, [[ByronicHero Prince Andrei Bolkonsky]] declares to his father that he is going to join the Russian military and achieve glory, just as Napoleon did...

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It is the year 1805. [[SmugSnake Napoleon Bonaparte]] has installed himself as Emperor of France, and he makes war on Austria and Russia in his bid to establish France as the supreme nation on Earth. In Petersburg, [[ThePhilosopher Pierre Bezukhov]], the illegitimate son of Count Kirill [[{{Patronymic}} Vladimirovich]] Bezukhov, attends a soirée at Anna Pavlovna's, a lady in waiting to the Russian empress. On St. Natalya's Day, guests gather at the Rostov mansion at Otradnoe to pay their respects to [[StepfordSmiler Countess Rostov]] Rostova]] and her daughter [[TheCutie Natasha]]. Some days later, [[ByronicHero Prince Andrei Bolkonsky]] declares to his father that he is going to join the Russian military and achieve glory, just as Napoleon did...
26th Feb '17 6:18:31 PM jamespolk
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The book was adapted to film several times. The 1956 American version, directed by Creator/KingVidor, starring Creator/AudreyHepburn as Natasha and Creator/HenryFonda as Count Bezukhov, cut out a lot of things so it was "only" 208 minutes long. The Soviet version made in the 1960s by Creator/SergeiBondarchuk (who also starred as Pierre) was more accurate. It was released in four parts in 1966 and 1967, with a total running time of 431 minutes. With inflation taken into account, it's the most expensive film in history. The version released in the United States in 1968 was cut down to about 5 1/2 hours; it won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAwardForBestForeignLanguageFilm, setting a record for "longest movie to win an Oscar" that still stands.

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The book was adapted to film several times. The 1956 American version, directed by Creator/KingVidor, starring Creator/AudreyHepburn as Natasha and Creator/HenryFonda as Count Bezukhov, cut out a lot of things so it was "only" 208 minutes long. The Soviet version made in the 1960s by Creator/SergeiBondarchuk (who also starred as Pierre) was more accurate. It was released in four parts in 1966 and 1967, with a total running time of 431 minutes. With inflation taken into account, it's the most expensive film in history. The version released in the United States in 1968 was cut down to about 5 1/2 hours; it won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAwardForBestForeignLanguageFilm, setting a record for "longest movie to win an Oscar" that still stands.
lasted until ''Film/OJMadeInAmerica'' won the award for Documentary Feature for 2016.
2nd Feb '17 3:00:30 PM YellowLab
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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Pierre and Andrei. Even after not having seen each other in years, their friendship remains just as strong.
10th Jan '17 12:55:54 PM eleanorofaquitaine
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* ApronMatron: Marya Akhrosimova.

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* ApronMatron: Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimova.
10th Jan '17 10:55:20 AM eleanorofaquitaine
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* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: Tolstoy uses "handsome" to describe quite a few characters.
8th Dec '16 11:17:05 AM Ciara25
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Thoroughly averted when it comes to female characters. The beautiful ones are either outright evil (Hélène) or just selfish and shallow, like Vera, Mlle Bourrienne or Sonya. The sole character for whom the trope holds true is Natasha.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Thoroughly Mostly averted when it comes to female characters. The beautiful ones are either outright evil (Hélène) or just selfish and shallow, like Vera, Vera or Mlle Bourrienne or Sonya. Bourrienne. The sole character characters for whom the trope holds true is Natasha.are Natasha and Sonya.
28th Nov '16 5:09:08 AM Ciara25
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Pierre. For all his shy and gentle character, he is not above turning into a roaring monster when angered.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Pierre. For all his shy and gentle character, he is not above turning into a roaring monster when angered. Both of the Kuragin siblings sorely regret infuriating him; Hélène when she insults him in the aftermath of the duel with Dolokhov (he tries to hit her with a marble table) and Anatole when he leads Natasha on and tried to elope with her (threatened with having his head smashed in with a paper weight).
27th Nov '16 6:37:21 PM Ciara25
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* ItsAllAboutMe: The Kuragin siblings. Anatole never thinks of the effect his actions will have on other people, and refuses to consider the consequences of [[spoiler: eloping with Natasha, especially when he's ''already married.'']] Hélène is so self-absorbed and shallow that she honestly believes Pierre is so much in love with her, he'll willingly grant her a divorce so she can marry one of her lovers.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: The Kuragin siblings. Anatole never thinks of the effect his actions will have on other people, and refuses to consider the consequences of [[spoiler: eloping with Natasha, especially when he's ''already married.'']] Hélène is so self-absorbed and shallow that she honestly believes deludes herself into believing that Pierre is so much in love with her, he'll willingly grant her a divorce so she can marry one of her lovers.
24th Nov '16 6:32:17 AM Ciara25
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* ImpoverishedPatrician: The Rostov family slowly descends into this as it attempts to live beyond its means.

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* ImpoverishedPatrician: The Rostov family slowly descends into this as it attempts to live beyond its means.means, coupled with Nikolai's ''enormous'' gambling debts.



* KarmaHoudini: Subverted; Anatole doesn't quite get away with his shenanigans scot-free.
** Dolokhov, on the other hand, does.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: The Kuragin siblings. Anatole never thinks of the effect his actions will have on other people, and refuses to consider the consequences of [[spoiler: eloping with Natasha, especially when he's ''already married.'']] Hélène is so self-absorbed and shallow that she honestly believes Pierre is so much in love with her, he'll willingly grant her a divorce so she can marry one of her lovers.
* KarmaHoudini: Subverted; Anatole doesn't quite get away with his shenanigans scot-free.
scot-free. He's forced to leave Moscow, and later [[spoiler: is wounded and has to have his leg traumatically amputated at the Battle of Borodino.]]
** Dolokhov, on the other hand, does.does, although admittedly he accepts fault for some of his actions and makes amends with Pierre.



* LaserGuidedKarma: Hélène Kuragin is constantly unfaithful to her husband; [[spoiler: she dies from a 'heart condition' but it's strongly implied that the cause of death was actually the botched abortion of an illegitimate child.]]

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Hélène Kuragin is constantly unfaithful to her husband; [[spoiler: it's put about in polite society that she dies from a 'heart condition' condition', but it's the narrative strongly implied implies that the cause of death was actually the botched abortion of an illegitimate child.]]
24th Nov '16 2:57:18 AM Ciara25
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Hélène Kuragin is constantly unfaithful to her husband; [[spoiler: she dies from a 'heart condition' but it's strongly implied that the cause of death was actually the botched abortion of an illegitimate child.]]
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