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Plummer is Tolstoy

04.01.2008

Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren will star in THE LAST STATION, a biopic of legendary Russian author Leo Tolstoy, which looks at the turbulent final year of his life. Plummer will play Tolstoy, with Mirren to play his wife, Sofia. James McAvoy and Paul Giamatti round out the cast. Giamatti plays Tolstoy's trusted follower Chertkov, a supporter of the writer's nonviolent socialist Christian movement who becomes Sofia's cunning adversary, while McAvoy plays a naive private secretary sent by Chertkov to work for Tolstoy. It was originally reported that Anthony Hopkins and Meryl Streep would be headlining the project.

Would I be a better writer if I had read War and Peace? Probably, but if he really wanted people to read his stuff, why didn't Tolstoy include any pictures? Or pop-up bits? I mean, seriously? Just words, for over 1000 pages? Come on, Leo, who the hell cares? Virginia Woolf once called him the "greatest of all novelists", but when I was in primary-school, I wrote a short story that six out of my seven aunts said was the best thing they ever read, so, you know, let's have some perspective.
Extra Tidbit: Tolstoy never actually considered War and Peace a novel, but rather an epic poem.
Source: Variety

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1:24AM on 04/02/2008

Funny Xander

Made me laugh. Unfortunately, this will be an Oscar vehicle. Oh, how I long for 2006 and the great movies of that year...
Made me laugh. Unfortunately, this will be an Oscar vehicle. Oh, how I long for 2006 and the great movies of that year...
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1:20AM on 04/02/2008
I wonder if they will include the part where Tolstoy and a young Indiana Jones hide out together and bond while they learn what their families really mean to them.
I wonder if they will include the part where Tolstoy and a young Indiana Jones hide out together and bond while they learn what their families really mean to them.
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5:48PM on 04/01/2008

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pleeease Thoo, if you want pictures read graphic novels. tolstoy is for serious readers.
pleeease Thoo, if you want pictures read graphic novels. tolstoy is for serious readers.
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1:17PM on 04/01/2008

interesting perspective

war and peace is like one of those complicated paintings in which no single figure or group of figures dominates the whole, but if you wander over the surface you find dozens of smaller pictures and portraits enough to be a subject of a picture all on its own.

it's a long book and can be a frustrating one to tackle, but actually Tolstoy said that War and Peace is not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less an historical chronicle.

I understand why you might dislike it, but can
war and peace is like one of those complicated paintings in which no single figure or group of figures dominates the whole, but if you wander over the surface you find dozens of smaller pictures and portraits enough to be a subject of a picture all on its own.

it's a long book and can be a frustrating one to tackle, but actually Tolstoy said that War and Peace is not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less an historical chronicle.

I understand why you might dislike it, but can you say the same about Hugo, Hemingway or Garcia Marquez
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