And here from the theoretical constraints on a general, we zoom in to Kutuzov as a character, surrounded by different parties, all arguing for different things – and knowing that the only thing that’s going to happen is that they have to abandon Moscow.
He knows that no matter what he orders, it’s going to happen, but there’s still the political game: do you want to be known as the general who gave in?
What I think is most interesting is listening to Kutuzov, trying to work out where it all went wrong? In very Tolstoy style, he can’t pin an exact moment or event that caused it . . .