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Anna Karenina [VHS] [1997]
Anna Karenina [VHS] [1997]

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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful production, poor editing, 12 Sept. 2004
I have read this book and was looking forward to the acting performances of some of my favorite actors. They did not disappoint me. The scenes were set beautifully, costumes likewise. Music was enchanting. I feel I saw more of the secondary characters than Anna and her paramour who were supposed to be the focus in the film. Sean Bean is convincing as the man obsessed with another man's wife. Sophie is tiny in stature but commanding in her role. I feel half the novel is missing and the story is no longer an epic in the hands of this editor. Much of the meaning is lost. As a strong Sean Bean fan, I'm sorry he wasn't allowed more screen time, to help develop his character. As it is, I am not sorry I bought it because much remains of what was shot, but I wonder what it could have been like with another film editor.

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