War and Peace (1956)

credit: www.fanpop.comNapoleon invades Russia and everybody wants to hook up with Audrey Hepburn.

 

It should be noted that I watched this while I was recovering from surgery and had hours to fill while pumped full of drugs. Those of you with more limited time may want to skip this one.

I never read the book, but I am told the movie had to do some serious condensing with the story. (The film is practically a blink of the eye…a three and a half-hour blink.)

Again, I cannot overstate the high probability that you will be bored out of your mind watching this movie. This is not for the faint of heart.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: In the time it takes to watch this movie you could watch 9 and 1/2 episodes of Full House.

credit: credit: www.fanpop.comAcknowledging there are countless essays and other commentaries written about War and Peace, I’ll just take a narrow slice of the many lessons from this movie:

Living through times of war is never easy, but even when we live in a time of peace, all of us have our own wars to struggle through.

The important thing to remember is that we must not merely endure our individual struggles, but also learn from them. And be grateful for them. It is through our suffering that we are refined into a more divine category of creature.

As we embrace the spiritual perspective necessary to overcome our own wars, we will find peace.

The movie ends with this quote from Tolstoy:

“The most difficult thing—but an essential one—is to love Life, to love it even while one suffers, because Life is all. Life is God, and to love Life means to love God.”

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” – Romans 8:6

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