2016 Vol. 8 No. 2—Spring / Films

War and Peace in Vilnius

In Lithuania to study the once culturally diverse now vanished communities of the region, Lynn Lubamersky found a BBC TV crew there too, filming “War and Peace.” That’s enough to set a historian thinking about imperial Russia then, imperial Putin now, the communities that don’t want to vanish… and the BBC’s Downton Abbey-style production.