Cinema: Newsreel, Feb. 14, 1955

¶ In the four-contestant race to film Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, Broadway Producer Mike Todd (TIME. Dec. 13) and Italian Producer Dino de Laurentis are well ahead of M-G-M and David O. (Gone With the Wind) Selznick. De Laurentis already has a crew in Finland ready to shoot snowy backgrounds for Napoleon's retreat from Moscow, although his six writers have not yet done the script for Director King (Duel in the Sun) Vidor. Unintimidated. Todd hired Fred (From Here to Eternity) Zinnemann to direct and Playwright Robert Sherwood to write his version,...

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