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Anna Karenina 2012 Subtitles

Celebrated filmmaker Joe Wright directs this adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic romance, an ambitious saga about nineteenth-century Russian high-society.

Starring:
Matthew Macfadyen, Eric MacLennan
Runtime:
2 hours, 9 minutes

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Genres Romance
Director Joe Wright
Starring Matthew Macfadyen, Eric MacLennan
Supporting actors Kelly Macdonald, Theo Morrissey, Cecily Morrissey, Freya Galpin, Octavia Morrissey, Beatrice Morrissey, Marine Battier, Keira Knightley, Guro Nagelhus Schia, Aruhan Galieva, Jude Law, Carl Grose, Bryan Hands, Oskar McNamara, Luke Newberry, Olivia Williams, Michael Shaeffer, Domhnall Gleeson
Studio Focus Features
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
Since it is impossible to do justice in a two hour film to such a celebrated classic, with its focus on inner thoughts, it is probably a good decision to try a different take, in this case the ploy of setting most of the scenes in a theatre, not just on the stage but in the wings, the walk-ways above the podium, the stalls and so on.

So, the audience is watching a film of a play of a book. This has the benefit of conveying a sense of the restrictions and conventions which may have driven Anna to "break out" and give expression to her love for Vronsky, but which also made it impossible for her to be accepted by society afterwards. On the other hand, the theatrical confines may make some scenes seem too stylised, artificial and therefore less moving e.g. the whispered gossip and disapproval of Anna's affair. I was also often unconvinced by the frequent technique of freezing minor characters into the pose of statues, to highlight say, the image of Anna and Vronsky falling in love as they dance together in a world of their own.

I was glad not to need subtitles, since many scenes are quite visually complex, requiring close attention to pick up all the fleeting impressions used to convey a good deal. Tom Stoppard's script is very effective, clear and unpretentious. I could hear every word, which is often not the case. There are some striking scenes such as a horse race in the theatre in which an audience becomes a crowd of real people, only to be replaced by characters painted on a stage backdrop.

All the actors perform well.
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Format: Blu-ray
This has to be by far one of the best romance films I have ever had the pleasure of watching, I came across it on my Amazon instant video, the chemistry between Knightley & Taylor-Johnson as Anna & Vronsky is reason enough to rate this 5 stars, I felt they were destined to play these roles and completely fell in love with their portrayal, not to mention the costumes and look of the film were beautiful, as it is only 2 hours long naturally they haven't been able to fit in every detail of Tolstoy's masterpiece, but for me they fitted in enough to make this film truly brilliant, the ONLY criticism I have to mention is the ending! It is rushed and we don't see any character reaction, but apart from that, if you love a tragic love story with an overload of passion then this is a must see, and better yet PURCHASE THE NOVEL, if you are an avid reader and haven't touched a single Tolstoy work then you need to start with Anna Karenina!
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Format: DVD
I had already seen the reviews of this film so was prepared for the somewhat odd theatrical take on it. Having read the book many many years ago I went with an open mind, but to be honest I found the overall effect to be strange and somewhat disengaging. There was undoubted spectacle about it, and from a visual perspective some scenes were stunning, but at the end of the day I found the film disjointed and difficult to follow as it seemed to jump between the conventional and the surreal.

Keira Knightley looking predictably stunning in some wonderful costumes, is sadly not a convincing character actress as I find I can never forget I am watching Keira rather become immersed in the character she is portraying(very much the same about her role as Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice)

I was unprepared for Jude Laws knock out performance as the tormented Karenin. I have never been a great fan of this actor, but I honestly believe his performance is award worthy. Unlike Keira Knightleys 'Anna', Jude Law became the personification of his character, and the film was worth watching for his performance alone. Matthew McFaddyn was also a delight to watch as Annas errant brother

Sadly, I left the cinema feeling oddly unmoved, and feeling that the movie could have given audiences much more.
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Anna Karenina (DVD + Digital Copy + UV Copy)I used to think that you could say what you like about director Joe Wright, but he never let his artistry get in the way of telling the story. My opinion, after watching this, is: you can say what you like about Joe Wright.
As a young man, I read this classic story of a high-class, 19th-century, Russian woman who dumps her husband, a highly respected public official, for a young military officer. I was probably too inexperienced in life to fully appreciate it at the time, so I was looking forward to seeing Wright's masterly handling of it. I knew that his was an unusual take on it, with most of the action taking place in a run-down theatre, but I trusted him not to metaphorically dance in front of the camera shouting, "Hey, look, everybody, at what a fantastic director I am!" I was wrong.
Though lavish and demonstrating Wright's appreciation for good music, it was so stagey that at times I thought I was watching a ballet. He re-uses some ideas from his earlier films; we get a scene with Anna and Vronsky dancing together as if they are alone in the room, which is a rehash of a scene between Elizabeth and Darcy in Pride and Prejudice but without the brilliance with which that scene was handled. I didn't get any handle on who Anna was, or why she would fall for someone who still seemed wet behind the ears. At her best, Keira Knightley can act, but this isn't her best. You'd think Aaron Taylor-Johnson could look the part of a dark, handsome fellow for whom Anna might fall (although sounding it is another matter), so why he plays Vronsky as practically a blond is beyond me.
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