Go Behind the Scenes of Joe Wright's "Magical" Anna Karenina Adaptation
08.23.12 by BJSprecher
British director Joe Wright's (Atonement) latest movie, Anna Karenina, marks the thirteenth time that Russian writer Leo Tolstoy's classic novel of the same name has been adapted for the big screen, but before you think "been there, done that," check out the new featurette about the movie above. Not only does the featurette offer a behind-the-scenes look at the gorgeous period costumes and sets of the movie, but it includes commentary from lead actors Keira Knightley and Jude Law, who explain how Wright has "completely broken" the "rules of a period film" by setting the classic story predominantly in the "almost magical and fantastical" reality of the theater.
Anna Karenina is Knightley's third collaboration with Wright, having previously starred in his movies Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Atonement (2007). The screenplay was adapted from Tolstoy's novel by Academy Award-winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love). Here's the synopsis:
The story unfolds in its original late-19th-century Russia high-society setting and powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart, from the passion between adulterers to the bond between a mother and her children. As Anna (Knightley) questions her happiness, change comes to her family, friends, and community.
The cast also includes Matthew Macfadyen as Oblonsky, Kelly Macdonald as Dolly, Alicia Vikander as Kitty, and Domhnall Gleeson as Levin. It opens September 7th in Ireland and the U.K., November 16th in the U.S.