Joe Wright interview on Anna Karenina

Joe Wright's Anna Karenina explores theatrical space, while his spectacular trains venture into uncharted territory with beautiful and troubling women on board. A little Max Ophüls' Lola Montès, a little Aleksandr Sokurov's Russian Ark, puppets, ships as beds, breathtaking Chanel jewels and very modern physicality, choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, merge in Wright's unafraid vision.

When I spoke with the director in New York last week about his formidable approach to Anna Karenina with a luminous Keira Knightley in the title role, he said that for him, "it's about being human. It's a deeply spiritual text." In my interview with Knightley, during which we looked into the symbolism of costume design, she revealed that when she first read Tolstoy's novel as a teenager, she was "getting very bored in the agricultural Levin bits [best friend of Anna's brother, sensitive landowner, and often...
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