Eternity Film Series


MOSCOW STRIKES BACK (1942) by Leonid Varlamov, 55 mins. 
 
Multiple international awards including Academy Award for Best Documentary, Moscow Strikes Back shows the mastery of newsreel cameramen to capture the raw realities facing Russian during the German invasion of October 1941 to January 1942. Lucid and vivid, the film reminds us that war is hell. 
 
FILM: Moscow Strikes Back/Разгром немецких войск под Москвой (1942) Leonid Varlamov, Ilya Kopalin, 35mm, bw, snd, 55 min. 
 
"The savagery of that retreat is a spectacle to stun the mind." New York Times 
 
WAR AND PEACE (1965-67) by Sergei Bondarchuk 
PART III, THE YEAR 1812, 78 mins. 
 
War and Peace is a 6.5-hour sprawling 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 III: The Year 1812 (1965-67) Sergei Bondarchuk, 70mm, clr, snd, 78 mins. English subtitles. 
 
Total running time: 133 mins. 
Note: War and Peace shown over multiple evenings. 
 
LINKS: 
Moscow Strikes Back
https://www.nytimes.com/1942/08/17/archives/moscow-strikes-back-frontline-camera-mens-story-of-russian-attack.html
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/38784
 
war & peace 
https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/war-and-peace-1969 
https://sovietmoviesonline.com/drama/16-voyna-i-mir.html 

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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.