Anna Karenina  [DVD]
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But this film shows the real Russian atmosphere of the 19th century (and by the way, there are some Russian actors playing in the film, and sometimes the heroes even try to speak Russian!). What is more, it was filmed in Russia. And although the directors of the film very strangely mixed Moscow and St. Petersburg (there is a shot there showing the choreographic school and the Academic theatre in St. Petersburg with the sign "Moscow"!), this film is definitely worth seeing!
This is a very great pity because much of it is good. It has the feel of being a sketch of a really good film, that simply couldn't be afforded on the budget they had to work with! If this film had been a remake by the Russians during the Soviet era they would've thrown as much money at it as was required, it would have been nearly twice as long, no doubt, and much better.
The film as a standalone product is enjoyable - if only to see a tragic love story, set in Russia, with magnificent costumes and scenery. (and to see the gorgeous Sean Bean at his best!).
The film is a determined attempt at making a FILM - a truly visual experience - and it succeeds most of the way. The dialogue is limited to what's necessary. This is not a talk-talk-talk movie. It requires actors who can really work with the camera, and both Sophie Marceau and Sean Bean - to just mention two - are very good at this.
It covers the two parallel love stories (Levin-Kitty and Vronsky-Anna) well, and the atmosphere is more 'Russian' than in any of the other versions I've seen both in its mood and in the balance between the two love stories. It doesn't hurt that it was shot on location in St. Petersburg, Moscow and environs or that the costumes are extremely well done. The lighting is carefully done to give the viewers a feel of the lush environment of the extremely rich Russian upper class. I also liked the touch of having the lower classes speak Russian and the upper classes only speak Russian to their servants but English (which in reality was French) among themselves.
It is well cast.Read more ›
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A great film, lovely period costumes, well acted by the cast.Published 11 months ago by Melissa Speed
This has to be one of the worst, most disappointing films I have ever seen. Sean Bean, Sophie Marceau, James Fox and Alfred Molina - all superb actors, so what could go wrong? Read morePublished 14 months ago by Eddy Jones
Happy with the item I purchased,arrived in excellent condition as advertised.Published 21 months ago by Lesley Maiden