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Anna Karenina (2012)

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In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.

Director:

Joe Wright

Writers:

Tom Stoppard (screenplay), Leo Tolstoy (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Macfadyen ... Oblonsky
Eric MacLennan Eric MacLennan ... Matvey
Kelly Macdonald ... Dolly
Theo Morrissey Theo Morrissey ... Grisha Oblonsky
Cecily Morrissey Cecily Morrissey ... Lili Oblonsky
Freya Galpin Freya Galpin ... Masha Oblonsky
Octavia Morrissey Octavia Morrissey ... Tanya Oblonsky
Beatrice Morrissey Beatrice Morrissey ... Vasya Oblonsky
Marine Battier Marine Battier ... Mlle. Roland
Keira Knightley ... Anna Karenina
Guro Nagelhus Schia ... Annushka
Aruhan Galieva Aruhan Galieva ... Aruhan
Jude Law ... Karenin
Carl Grose Carl Grose ... Korney
Bryan Hands Bryan Hands ... Mikhail Slyudin
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Storyline

In 1874, in the Imperial Russia, the aristocratic Anna Karenina travels from Saint Petersburg to Moscow to save the marriage of her brother Prince Oblonsky, who had had a love affair with his housemaid. Anna Karenina has a cold marriage with her husband, Count Alexei Karenin, and they have a son. Anna meets the cavalry officer Count Vronsky at the train station and they feel attracted by each other. Soon she learns that Vronsky will propose to Kitty, who is the younger sister of her sister-in-law Dolly. Anna satisfactorily resolves the infidelity case of her brother and Kitty invites her to stay for the ball. However, Anna Karenina and Vronsky dance in the ball, calling the attention of the conservative society. Soon they have a love affair that will lead Anna Karenina to a tragic fate. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ana Karenjina See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$320,690, 18 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,816,367

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,929,150
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Inspired by Orlando Figes's 2002 production of Natasha's Dance, Joe Wright adopted an experimental approach to convey the essence of the story. The majority of the film was shot on a "run-down" theater built from scratch in Shepperton. Locations such as a skating rink, train station and stables were dressed on top of the theater. To create fluid linearity, doors open onto Russian landscapes; some actors walk from one set to another under the stage. For cutaway wide exterior shots, toy trains and doll houses were used. The only main cast member who is allowed to venture out of the theater is Domhnall Gleeson (Levin) because Wright wanted to amplify the fact that Levin is the only authentic character in the group. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film every time Anna's son's name is spoken, it is uniformly mispronounced in four syllables using some wrong phonemes, whereas in Russian his name has three syllables. See more »

Quotes

Levin: You are on the wrong side of history. Not because privilege is immoral,
[spits]
Levin: but because it's irrational.
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Crazy Credits

Count Vronsky is misspelled as "Vronksy" in the end credits. See more »

Connections

Version of Anna Karenina (1914) See more »

Soundtracks

Song for a New Life (Masha's Song)
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Written by Anoushka Shankar
Performed by Tannishtha Chatterjee
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Bold, Beautiful and Incredibly Sensual
7 September 2012 | by lisa-ravenclawSee all my reviews

First and foremost a confession: I have not yet read Anna Karenina and therefore can't judge how well Joe Wright's interpretation captured the spirit, style and message of Tolstoy's novel.

What I do know is that I have just seen a daring and immensely powerful film. Clever use of tableaux, surrealist elements and breathtaking visual images bring out the character's emotions so strongly that halfway through the film I felt like I wasn't a mere spectator anymore. I WAS Anna, so completely and utterly was I engrossed in her world.

Knightley performs well. For years I was convinced she could only play one single type of role - the pretty girl who stands around and bats her eyelashes - but "A Dangerous Method" and now "Anna Karenina" have changed my mind. Knightley's matured as an actress, and now manages to give a depth to her characters that makes them utterly believable.

Though many have criticized him, I think Aaron Taylor-Johnson works as Vronsky. He's charming and seductive and it's easy to see why Anna cannot resist him.

And as for Jude Law, his portrayal of passionless, prudish, but oh, so decent Karenin was nothing less than Oscar worthy.

Wright's "Pride and Prejudice" is mediocre, his "Atonement" is good. His "Anna Karenina", however, is sensual and stunning and I can only recommend it.


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