The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.
by Denise J. Youngblood (University Press of Kansas, $29.95)
A behind the curtain look at the epic (7-hour) film based on Tolstoy’s novel. Youngblood (on RL’s Advisory Board) uncovers the fascinating history behind the making of the film, and examines the work from all angles: how it was a tool of “soft power” in the Cold War, what it tells us about Soviet views of themselves and their history, and why it is a great adaptation of the novel – one so good that it went on to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. And it cost “just” $700 million in current dollars! Great for anyone with an interest in the novel, in Soviet film, or in the history of the War of 1812, which is well-woven into the narrative.
Reviewed in Russian Life: Sep/Oct 2015