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Trivia / War and Peace

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  • Dawson Casting: In the 1956 film version, Pierre, meant to be in his twenties, is played by a fifty-year-old Henry Fonda. Also, Natasha is supposed to age from thirteen to twenty-eight, a problem which every film version deals with by casting a twentysomething actress to play her throughout.
  • Fake Russian:
    • In the 1956 film, the Russian characters are played by actors of various nationalities: the British-Dutch Audrey Hepburn, the Americans Henry Fonda and Mel Ferrer, the Italian Vittorio Gassman, the Austrian Oskar Homolka and the Swedish Anita Ekberg.
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    • The 2007 miniseries is particularly bad about this, with the French Clemence Poesy as Natasha, the German Alexander Beyer as Pierre, the Italians Alessio Boni as Andrei, Valentina Cervi as Marya, and Violante Placido as Helene... Actually averted with Dimitri Isayev as Nikolai, however - he's actually Russian, and is most famous as Tsar Alexander II in the immensely popular Russian telenovela Bednaya Nastya.
  • Rubles, as the unit of currency, come up quite often in the book. In 1805 — the year the opening events in the book take place — a ruble was a silver coin roughly the size of a half dollar, with a net silver content of 18 grams (0.58 Troy ounces). That would make it worth a little under US$10 in 2018 money. Compare this with the modern Russian ruble, which is worth one-and-a-half cents.


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