Anna Karenina (2012)
R | 2h 9min | Drama, Romance
Director: Joe Wright (Darkest Hour, Pride & Prejudice, Atonement)
WRITTEN by: Tom Stoppard (screenplay), Leo Tolstoy (novel)
CAST: Matthew Macfadyen, Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly Macdonald
PLOT: In 1876 Russian high society, married St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a scandalous affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky, leading to their exile to Italy and a humbling return years later. From the Tolstoy novel--widely considered one of the greatest works of fiction ever written.
Award winning costumes and sets. Stellar cast. Highly-stylized, theatrical, melodious and choreographed like a musical. Movements and violin soundtrack are interwoven with grace and aplomb.
Much of the action is arranged on, or behind, a theatrical set.
This gives an ethereal feel of a staged production. Director Joe Wright leverages Tolstoy's frequent use of railroad travel to transport the viewer to-and-from the snowy-grimy climes of railway sets. The horse race set is shot indoors with real horses, reminiscent of the Ascot Opening Day scene from "My Fair Lady".