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Tolstoy: From Riches to Rags


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The story of Count Leo Tolstoy's eventful and tragic life - a dramatic journey from the full sensuality of youth to a position of extreme asceticism.
The programme looks not only at Tolstoy the great writer of War and Peace and Anna Karenina, but also at Tolstoy the soldier and gambler; at Tolstoy the educationist, who started a school for the children of his serfs; at Tolstoy the pacifist, shoemaker, devoted husband, domestic tyrant; and at Tolstoy an Enemy of the State, who finished his life as the Conscience of the World.
Locations include old St Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev, the Caucasus and Yasnaya Polyana, Tolstoy's home and estate in the heart of the Russian countryside. The film also contains some unique archive film of his last years.
Written by Theodore Roszak and Jonathan Stedall
Interviews with Malcolm Muggeridge and Theodore Roszak
('What I have written...': page 10)


Writer/Interviewee: Theodore Roszak
Writer/Producer: Jonathan Stedall
Interviewee: Malcolm Muggeridge
Narrator: Richard Hurndall
Film Editor: Jonathan Gill

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Tolstoy: From Riches to Rags

BBC Two England, 18 March 1972 21.05

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