VOD Recommendation: A Beautiful, Unique Adaptation of the "Greatest Novel Ever Written" Now on Demand
02.21.13 by BJSprecher
"Romantic love will be the last delusion of the old order."
Journey back in time and follow along with a wealthy socialite and paragon of marriage who risks her social standing, her family, and her own sanity in pursuit of her heart's desire.
The Flick: Anna Karenina
The Skinny: Joe Wright (Hannah) directed this lavish, ambitious adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's 1877 novel of the same name, rated by Time as the greatest novel ever written. The movie premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival before opening in limited release in the U.S. and the U.K. It is nominated for four Oscars at the 85th Academy Awards: Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design
The Players: Set in Imperial Russia in 1874, the movie follows Anna (Keira Knightley), a wealthy and seemingly happy socialite married to a principled aristocrat (Jude Law) who is called upon to journey to Moscow to convince her sister-in-law (Kelly MacDonald) not to leave her adulterous brother (Matthew McFadyen). Upon arriving in Moscow, Anna meets the young and handsome Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson) and the two are immediately attracted to one another. Anna throws caution to the wind to pursue her heart's desire, knowing full well that she could lose everything should the affair ever be discovered.