Monday, November 12, 2012

Movie Monday 2: "Anna Karenina" Starring Keira Knightley

So many great movies are coming out as 2012 starts wrapping up that one post couldn't contain them! So, in the spirit of keeping you informed, Steph's Stacks is adding a Movie Monday 2 for your reading and link-clicking pleasure this week!

This poster is GORGEOUS! Love it!
Many wonderful movie adaptations have been made of Tolstoy's classic Anna Karenina (including a great one I recently watched on Netflix starring Vivien Leigh), but the latest one starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson takes advantage of modern technology to create an interesting and beautiful take on the classic. Knightley has worked with Anna Karenina director, Joe Wright, before in two other incredible book-to-movie adaptations, the wonderful Atonement and Pride and Prejudice.

Tolstoy's timeless tale is lovely and heartwrenching. If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, I highly recommend giving it a shot.

"Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness. While previous versions have softened the robust, and sometimes shocking, quality of Tolstoy's writing, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have produced a translation true to his powerful voice. This award-winning team's authoritative edition also includes an illuminating introduction and explanatory notes. Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina will be the definitive text for generations to come.

"Pevear and Volokhonsky are at once scrupulous translators and vivid stylists of English, and their superb rendering allows us, as perhaps never before, to grasp the palpability of Tolstoy's 'characters, acts, situations.'" (James Wood, The New Yorker)"

“If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.”


“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”


“I think... if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.”

IMDb info:

Director: Joe Wright

Writers: Tom Stoppard (screenplay), Leo Tolstoy (novel)

Stars: Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Early critical buzz is mixed with a 67% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Public anticipation is overwhelming, however, with 93% of the Rotten Tomatoes audience excited to see it.

"Knightley embodies Anna as a girlish woman who has never felt erotic love; once smitten, she is raised to heavenly ecstasy before tumbling into the abyss of shame." - Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine - Full Review

"Solid visual moments aren't enough to sustain an audience, and Joe Wright's style isn't enough to salvage gaping wounds in the story. " - Laremy Legel, - Full Review


A fun i-Trailer for your viewing pleasure with pop up info about the move as the trailer plays.

What book-to-movie adaptation are you excited to see? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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