And here we have the two Frenchmen who stumble out of the dark. And it’s none other than Ramballe, the French officer who befriended Pierre in the occupation of Moscow.
However, most of the attention is on Ramballe’s singing offsider. In fact, the rest of the chapter is pretty much a bad round of karaoke, but the important point is that it’s a non-hostile encounter between the French and the Russians – so rare throughout this book.
Thus, it’s not surprise that in the Bondarchuk film, this little throwaway moment becomes a musical highlight of the film, as the voices of several soldiers swells to become a mighty chorus, overlaid over images of the surrendering French.