Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, saved from being shot after the Russian Revolution because a poem attributed to him expressed the People's views, is sentenced to lifetime house arrest in the Hotel Metropol. The grand hotel sits on Moscow's Theater Square, near the Bolshoi Ballet. The Count must move from his lavish quarters in the hotel into a tiny attic room, with only a few possessions. If he steps outside, he will be shot.
For the next four decades, the Count maintains hi