‘Anna Karenina’ Trailer: The New Keira Knightley Period Drama

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Director Joe Wright and actress Keira Knightley’s previous collaborations (Pride & Prejudice and Atonement) were certainly beautiful films, in terms of production values and visual style. However, the duo appear to have outdone themselves with their latest period drama adaptation, Anna Karenina.

Oscar-winning screenwriter/playwright Tom Stoppard (Brazil, Shakespeare in Love) penned the script for Wright’s take on Leo Tolstoy’s 19th century novel – which is widely considered a crowning achievement in literary realism. The film’s cast isn’t exactly shabby either, including, Knightley, Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes), Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), Kelly Macdonald (Brave), Matthew Macfadyen (Pride & Prejudice), Ruth Wilson (Luther), Emily Watson (War Horse), and Olivia Williams (Hanna), among other celebrated actors and actresses.

Wright’s Anna Karenina retains the original late-19th century Russia “high-society setting” of Tolstoy’s novel. It tells the tale of the titular character (Knightley), a woman who maintains a passionless marriage to a well-respected aristocrat twenty years her senior, named Alexei Karenin (Law), in accordance with Russian social norms of the time. However, after sparks fly between Anna and an age-appropriate bachelor named Count Vronsky (Johnson), she gives thought to pursuing her own happiness – even at the high cost that would come with such a decision.

Check out the official poster for Anna Karenina:

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As mentioned briefly before, Anna Karenina certainly looks incredible – courtesy of Wright’s trusted artistic team: production designer Sarah Greenwood, set decorator Katie Spencer, and costumer designer Jacqueline Durran, who are all Oscar-nominees for their efforts on previous Wright productions. And it’s hard to imagine the film could possibly go too wrong, given the director, screenwriter, and ensemble cast. Even Knightley, who has her fair share of detractors (mostly, for her work on the Pirates of the Caribbean series, methinks), tends to do her best work when being supervised by Wright – as evidenced by her Oscar-nomination for Pride & Prejudice.

It probably goes without saying: Anna Karenina isn’t the sort of awards-hopeful (re: Oscar bait), period drama that’ll appeal to the wider moviegoing masses. All the same: those who enjoyed Wright and Knightley’s previous team-ups should definitely consider giving this one a look.

Anna Karenina begins a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on November 9th, 2012.

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  1. This is pretty much The Avengers for me. I’m very, very excited. It looks great.

  2. Looks like another misinterpretation of Anna Karenina with the titular character being seen as a hero. The novel is about the fallacy that is ‘romantic love’ and the ‘thrill of the affair.’ It’s about how betraying ones family and values destroys the person. That last line about there “being no ‘why’ to love” is what makes me not want to see this movie. I will, anyway, in hopes that a daring film-maker finally makes Anna look bad, but I am almost certain that this will be a movie mistaking Tolstoy’s work for a story about “a young woman escaping an older man for the love of her life.” And while it’s the common interpretation, it is the basest of interpretations.

  3. Looks good, will be seeing this.

  4. I did love Pride & Prejudice and oddly enough
    recently ordered Atonement thinking I should have
    made a point of seeing that so I’ll be in line for this too.

    I too have concerns as to as to how this might be interpreted and
    hope the story is not “spun” for what they think modern audiences want.

  5. Great Movie as it seems,but the feeling of a Box office flop is for sure lingering !

  6. Agree with Presentent. Drives me banana sandwich when hollywood thinks they are better writers than those of the classics.

    I just hope Kiera Knightley doesn’t smile for the entire movie…whenever she does, she looks a lot like a dog baring its teeth.

  7. Russians with English accents? Well, there’s your first credibility problem right there.

    • Agree w/ Etrigan – I’m proud to have married into a Russian family. A good actor can take the time to learn the accent, its pretty easy to pick up if you spend enough time around them. Kiera Knightly could win an academy award for Gods sake. Not be lazy and talk w/ the British accent she was born with. Don’t they have dialog coaches in LA? This movie is insulting to Russians everywhere.

  8. This movie is one i what to see!!!