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Anna Karenina

(DVD - 2013)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Anna Karenina
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Set in late 19th century Russia high-society, aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment [distributor], c2013
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE A
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (2 hrs., 10 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in
digital, optical, rda
Dolby Digital
NTSC
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
Additional Contributors: Wright, Joe 1972-, Director
Bevan, Tim Producer
Fellner, Eric Producer
Webster, Paul 1952 September 19-, Producer
Stoppard, Tom
Chasin, Liza Producer
Knightley, Keira 1985-, Actor
Law, Jude 1972-, Actor
Johnson, Aaron 1990-, Actor
MacDonald, Kelly 1976-, Actor
Macfadyen, Matthew 1974-, Actor
Gleeson, Domhnall 1983-, Actor
Wilson, Ruth 1982-, Actor
Vikander, Alicia 1988-, Actor
Williams, Olivia 1968-, Actor
Watson, Emily 1967-, Actor
McGarvey, Seamus 1967-
Greenwood, Sarah
Oliver, Melanie
Durran, Jacqueline Costume designer
Marianelli, Dario
Larbi Cherkaoui, Sidi Choreographer
Tolstoy, Leo 1828-1910
Focus Features
Working Title Films
Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Firm) Publisher

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Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson


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Oct 13, 2014
  • NewYorkViews rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful artistic version of the Tolstoy novel. It followed the novel in most respects of the romances in the Russian Imperial aristocracy, and had some innovative approaches that utilized creative set design. The casting was excellent. Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina had a very demanding role, and most of the time she did easily rise to it, though not always, but I give the film five stars for the overall film. I read the novel years ago, and found I it excellent, and this movie was a pleasant surprise.

Jun 02, 2014
  • sbaguyos rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very creative telling of the original story. It didn't include all the characters or scenes in the book (Kitty meeting Levin's brother at a spa), but the most important elements of the story were intact. The artistic portrayal of the horse race in a theatre was an interesting twist. I enjoyed Knightly's portrayal of Anna better than the black and white version with Greta Garbo as Anna. Overall, a powerful movie and story!

*************SPOILER ALERT*************** You can definitely foresee that Anna gets crushed by the train because in the beginning, she thinks the coal smith is gross, and then later on other people start thinking that she's gross.

*************SPOILER ALERT***************
You can definitely foresee that Anna gets crushed by the train because in the beginning, she thinks the coal smith is gross, and then later on other people start thinking that she's gross.

Feb 23, 2014
  • NightGoat72 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Like every other Joe Wright film except Hanna, it's stylistically brilliant, but the content couldn't be less interesting. This guy deserves to be filming bolder projects.

Feb 01, 2014
  • MadisonParkMilo rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Worth watching for those into effectively stage presentations on video.

Dec 16, 2013
  • kimrae rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was very surprised with this movie, and thought it to be very interesting the way it was directed.

Dec 04, 2013
  • JMGP rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I watched the movie a few days after having finished the book. I think the movie highlighted key points in the book very well. The cast is excellent. Oblonsky, Dolly and Kitty are perfect. Levin is close to perfect. Vronsky was not what I pictured but, I think he suited Knightly. She was a far better Anna than I expected her to be. It is an artistically beautiful film to watch. Presenting the story as a stage play was a brilliant idea (and I'm sure the producers saved millions by avoiding shooting on location). Overall I think I understood the film more than my husband who hadn't read the book did. He enjoyed it, and followed the story, but we had a long discussion afterwards to further develop the characters and talk about scenes that were left out (obviously many).

"Anna Karenina" is one of my all-time favourite books that I had read in a very young age in Russian (my mother tongue). People who haven't read the book (it is a challenge to read those two volumes) probably will be confused by the movie because it is not an illustration of the book. This is a typical Tom Stoppard's "based on" derivative which assumes the knowledge of the base material. As an example of his method, I would recommend to watch "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are dead", a movie branching out of "Hamlet". Again, if you haven't read "Hamlet" you will not understand all the philosophical intricacies of this peculiar cult movie, but, if you have, you will greatly enjoy it.

Oct 30, 2013
  • lcrayton2477 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I havent read the book but enjoyed the movie. I didnt know I was renting a play on film, I kept waiting for the cast to break out in song. I truely love the music and costumes but the constant theater set changes did distract from the story line.

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May 27, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

“Things may come to those who wait…but only the things left by those who hustle.” -Abraham Lincoln

Apr 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Nikolai Levin: "Romantic love will be the last delusion of the old order."

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Aug 13, 2014
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