As many have remarked this Dino De Laurentiis produced/King Vidor directed adaptation of Tolstoy's classic is deeply flawed by being poorly paced, decidedly un-Russian and incredibly miscast - except perhaps for Anita Ekberg and good old Oskar Homolka.
King Vidor only directed few but very successful movies in the followingtwo decades like "Northwest Passage" (40), "H.M. Pulham, Esq." (41) and"An American Romance" (44). Because M-G-M cut out long passages out ofthe last mentioned movie, Vidor turned his back on the studio and directedfor David O. Selznick the western "Duel in the Sun" (46).
It followed "Beyond the Forest" (49) with Bette Davis, "Ruby Gentry"(52), "War and Piece" (56) - for which he was nominated for an Oscar forthe last time - and finally his last movie "Solomon and Sheba" (59).