CastleDrama: War and Peace (2007)
The mini-series I have in mind is a 2007 adaptation of "War and Peace", a co-production by various European TV channels. Consequently the actors come from many different countries including French Clémence Poésy as Natasha Rostova, German Alexander Beyer as Pierre Bezukhov and Italian Alessio Boni as Andrei Bolkonsky. Here's one of my favourite scenes from the mini-series, Natasha's and Andrei's waltz (and yes, I know that the Masquerade Waltz was written by Aram Khachaturian, is thus a 20th century piece and consequently highly unlikely to have been played at a ball in 18-something, but I do love a good dance through a palace's ball room):
Confession: I have yet to read Tolstoy's masterpiece - it's one of my life's goals - so I can't say much about any adaptation being faithful to the 1000+ page long original. I'm sure it's a very condensed version considering that there are four parts of about 90 minutes each. It was one of the first costume dramas I ever watched and while it certainly wasn't a perfect series, the issues I had with it could be overlooked, as the message behind the story was such a powerful one - I can only imagine how great the book must be.
If you have read the book, leave a comment below and tell me how great the book really is.