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Six-Minute Clip: ANNA KARENINA 2012 Movie

Anna Karenina movie posterAnna Karenina 2012 movie clip / poster. Based on Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel, Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina movie adaptation marks the director’s third collaboration with actress Keira Knightley. Their previous two films, Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Atonement (2007), have a couple more things in common: both are based on literary works and both earned much awards-season attention. Knightley, for one, was a Best Actress Academy Award nominee for Pride & Prejudice; Atonement earned seven Oscar and fourteen BAFTA nods, including Best Picture / Best Film.

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Will Wright / Knightley’s Anna Karenina be as popular with the various academies, critics groups and assorted awards-giving organizations? It’s certainly possible. As you can see in the clip below (please scroll down), the cinematography (Seamus McGarvey), costumes (Jacqueline Durran), production design (Sarah Greenwood), and music (Dario Marianelli) are impressive. Now, whether or not Wright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard’s approach to Tolstoy’s novel will be well received remains to be seen.

Shot in what Joe Wright describes as a "dilapidated theater," the 2012 Anna Karenina — if this six-minute clip is any indication — is a highly stylized effort, almost humorous in its theatricality. The one moment of gravity in the proceedings is when an almost unrecognizable Jude Law (as Karenin) tells his wife that people have noticed her demeanor toward the young Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson / Aaron Taylor-Johnson).

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One thing is for certain, Wright and Stoppard’s Anna Karenina "2012 style" will have very little in common — in terms of atmosphere and narrative form — with previous (straightforward) film and television adaptations. Three that come to mind are Clarence Brown’s very serious 1935 movie starring Greta Garbo and Fredric March; Julien Duvivier’s underrated 1948 British-made version, with a superb Vivien Leigh and Kieron Moore; and Simon Langton’s 1985 TV movie starring Jacqueline Bisset and Christopher Reeve.

Focus Features will be releasing Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina movie on Nov. 9 in the United States. In addition to the aforementioned Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson, and Jude Law, the Anna Karenina cast includes Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Holliday Grainger, Emily Watson, Ruth Wilson, Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Skarsgård, Olivia Williams, and Michelle Dockery.

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