Anna Kanerina, novel by Leo Tolstoy, was published in serial installments from 1873 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger, has been made into many screneplays, the first one in 1911. The story about Anna a wife and mother who has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky .
There is made 16 screne versions and interpretations of the this timeless, beautiful, intense, tragic and hopeless love affair – between 1911-2013. “Anna Karenina” is my favorite novel, normally I have problems with Tolstoy’s books because of all the names and nicknames, but in this I could keep a record on all of them. “War and Peace” I have given up on. *smile
I have seen a couple of them, but nothing have be able to be compared with the 1935 version with the most beautiful actress ever, Greta Garbo as Anna Karenina and Fredric March as Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky.
In the 1997 when Bernard Rose’s version of Anna Karenina, starring Sophie Marceau and Sean Bean … had me captivated for all 108 min. I left the cinema in London madly in love with Sean Bean. The first American version filmed entirely in Russia. I was dazzled.
Joe Wright’s 2013 version starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law I didn’t click with at all … for me it was a film that was trying too hard to be something like Moulin Rouge. Neither was the acting convincing and the setting was totally wrong for this wonderful and bitter love story – a theater???!!!
The movie is very true to the novel and so beautiful made. All scenery is so beautiful – both outdoors and indoors. A pleasure for the eyes. This adaptation retains most of the Russian feeling and atmosphere, being filmed there, and also including some Russian dialog from time to time.
Sophie Marceau is fantastic and very believable, the French accent makes her even more charming. Sean Bean maybe doesn’t look very Russian, but I if I was going to start an affair I would gladly do it with him no matter what nationality he will have and his acting is brilliant. James Fox that plays Anna’s husband Alexei Alexandrovitch Karenin are just splendid, but nothing else to be expected from this superb actor.
The ballroom scene is one of the most intense scenes in the movie. Where Kitty rushes to the ballroom for dancing the opening waltz with Alexei, but he has only eyes for Anna. (the speech quality isn’t the best, but the music superb and the acting too)
Sean in the end scene, on the train, is magnificent where he tells the audience that he are going to war to die. He is so restrained and holding pain within and trying to hold up some sort of front that is strong and it is made so clear to the audience exactly what he is going through. I just love the end.
The movie has also the parallel love story about Konstantin Levin and Kitty – that has a much happier ending.
In my eyes this movie is just plain terrific – one of my favorite movies and I must have seen at least 10 times so far. The cinematography is so fantastic and the acting superb. This bittersweet movie is utterly eye candy for everyone.
An excellent rendition of a very complex book.
Of course the soundtrack by Georg Solty with all the beautiful and powerful Russian classical music just increases the dazzling.
“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
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