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War and Peace

Fri., April 26, 7:30 p.m., Sat., April 27, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace is an all-consuming novel about the entirety of love, life, war and death, all set against the magnificent backdrop of early-nineteenth-century Russia. As Napoleon invades the country, the misogynistic Prince Andrei and his social misfit friend Pierre Bezukhov interact with their large cast of friends and rivals as everybody prepares to deal with the war. People fall in and out of love, fortunes are lost and life grows grim for many.

Sergei Bondarchuk spent six years making the four installments of his film adaptation and suffered two heart attacks during the process. He emerged with a truly monumental seven-hour film that employed thousands of actors (12,000 alone in the epic Battle of Borodino set piece), as well as valuable artifacts and props loaned by Russian museums, all of which give the film a sweep and verisimilitude worthy of the source material. The Webster Film Series presents a recently restored version of Bondarchuk's War and Peace, Part I at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; www.webster.edu/film-series). Parts II through IV will be shown on successive nights through Sunday, April 28. Tickets are $5 to $7 per film, and a $15 punch pass good for all four installments is also available.

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Webster University-Moore Auditorium (map)
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
Webster Groves
phone 314-968-7128
War and Peace

QFest: Dear Fredy

Sun., April 28, 3:30 p.m.
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Fredy Hirsch was one of many young German Jews who were just finding their place in the world when the Nazis rose to power. A keen athlete and strong believer in the benefits of physical health and education, Hirsch was a respected sports instructor in the Jewish youth club system. He was also gay, which led to some murmuring, but his charisma and personal integrity carried him through most of it. When the Jews were deported to the camps, Hirsch looked after and trained more than 4,000 children and teens. Leading by example, he stressed hygiene, posture and exercise, all of which kept morale high and child mortality exceptionally low. In Auschwitz, Hirsch continued caring for the children; he also had a lover and lived as an out gay man in the dwindling days of his life. Rubi Gat's documentary Dear Fredy tells the story of Hirsch — one of the few LGBTQ people whose history survived the Holocaust — through animation, archival photos and eyewitness testimony of his legacy from the children who survived the camps and honored his memory. This year's QFest film festival, which celebrates and illuminates the lives of LGBTQ people, runs Saturday through Thursday (April 28 to May 2), with all films at the Landmark Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City; www.cinemastlouis.org). Dear Fredy is shown at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, as part of QFest. Tickets are $10 to $13. $10-$13

Landmark Tivoli Theatre (map)
6350 Delmar Blvd.
Delmar/ The Loop
phone 314-727-7271
QFest: Dear Fredy
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