Sunday, July 08, 2012

Anna Karenina

How badly do you want to see the new Anna Karenina movie, directed by Anoushka Shankar's husband Joe Wright, with Keira Knightley as the epynomous tragic heroine who will fall in love, jilted and will end up in a railway track (the same place where she'd meet her object of desire sometime before), based on Russian author Count Leo Tolstoy's tome, which was once a required reading for literature students?

The book was part of my syllabus during my post-graduation. I tried, several time, but couldn't finish it. I have seen the B&W Greta Garbo film (1935), not the one with Sophie Marceau (1997). In between there has been several more adaptations. Everyone loves a tragic love story. Details Here.

This is Mr Wright's fifth film after 'Pride & Prejudice' (2005, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. The film received numerous accolades including 4 Academy Award nominations (including best actress), 6 BAFTA nominations (Wright won the BAFTA for most promising newcomer) and a host of other nominations and wins.), 'Atonement' (An adaptation of Ian McEwan's Booker Prize shortlisted novel, in 2007, with Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.), 'The Soloist' (With Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr. It is about the "true story of musical prodigy Nathaniel Ayers, who developed schizophrenia in his second year at Juilliard and ended up homeless on the streets of downtown L.A., 2009), and 'Hanna' (With Atonement star Saoirse Ronan, as the 17 year old girl trained since birth to be an assassin by her father (Eric Bana), a rogue CIA asset.).

Wright's Anna Karenina includes Keira Knightley as Anna, Jude Law as her husband, Aaron Johnson as her young love, and Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson as Konstantin Levin, as well as Kelly Macdonald, Olivia Williams, Matthew Macfadyen and Michelle Dockery. Indian actress Tannishtha Chatterjee play a part in it.

[All information from Wikipedia]

Anna Karenina is a 1935 film directed by Clarence Brown. The film stars Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Basil Rathbone and Maureen O'Sullivan. It is the most famous and critically acclaimed film adaptation of Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. There are several other film adaptations of the novel. In New York, the film opened at the Capitol Theatre, the site of many prestigious MGM premieres. The film earned $2,304,000 at the box office, and won the Mussolini Cup for best foreign film at the Venice Film Festival. Greta Garbo received a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress for her role as Anna. In addition, the film was ranked #42 on the American Film Institute's list of AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions.

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