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Enter into the sumptuous world of Joe Wright’s ANNA KARENINA and you’ll find a dazzling universe of high fashion, Russian traditions, complex characters and stunning production design.
Keira Knightley and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in ANNA KARENINA
Inside Our Movies Making ANNA KARENINA Dance
When Joe Wright attached Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui to choreograph the dances and actions of ANNA KARENINA, he got a creative partner who knew how to translate the story’s grand emotions into motion. Apollinaire Scherr profiles the artist.
Keira Knightley | Making History Modern
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While ANNA KARENINA marks Keira Knightley’s third literary adaptation with director Joe Wright, it also shows how far Knightley has come as an actress and artist through her numerous cinematic endeavors.
Jude Law: A More Complex Karenin
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As Karenin, the heartbroken husband in ANNA KARENINA, Jude Law gives a heartbreaking performance in a role that can be easily misunderstood. But Law, who’s renowned for his charismatic good looks, has always sought out parts that defy his appearance and our expectations.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson | Dashing Count
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As Count Vronsky in ANNA KARENINA, Aaron Taylor-Johnson rises to the challenge to bring to life one of the great lotharios of literature. But such a dashing romantic figure is just another incarnation in this actor’s remarkable, diverse career.
James Schamus, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Karpen
Inside Our Movies Anna Karenina Special Screening in NYC
The stars, filmmakers and friends of ANNA KARENINA gathered for a special screening of the film in NYC. See who was there.
Matthew Macfadyen: Just Right
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In playing Oblonsky in ANNA KARENINA, Matthew Macfadyen re-teamed with actress Keira Knightley and director Joe Wright. Although the part’s a far cry from the romantic Darcy, who he played in PRIDE & PREJUDICE, Macfadyen’s made a career out of playing diverse characters.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Alicia Vikander
Inside Our Movies Moving Images
To propel ANNA KARENINA’s storytelling, Joe Wright, composer Dario Marianelli, and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui designed an intricate language of movement and music that allowed the actors, either in dance, gesture or stillness, to expressed their desires and dreams. Indeed the actors and director had the unique opportunity to have the film’s score present during production.
People in Film | Joe Wright
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In film after film, Joe Wright makes work that pushes our concept of film, genre, and adaptation. In bringing Leo Tolstoy’s ANNA KARENINA to the screen, he moves his bold directorial style to a whole new level.
Alicia Vikander and Domhnall Gleeson
Inside Our Movies The Looks of Love
Though the film’s dress, Joe Wright and costume designer Jacqueline Durran followed a historical thread of luxury that connected the fashions of our time to 1950 European haute couture to 1870 imperial Russia. Be it Keira Knightley’s swoops of black taffeta or the simplicity of the peasant’s tunics, the designers created looks that showed off the timeless emotional truth of their characters.
Alicia Vikander: One Tough Kitty
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Alicia Vikander’s first English-language role has already been getting critical acclaim for the grace and sensitivity she brings to the role of Kitty in ANNA KARENINA. But this film marks a lifetime of experience for her – first as a dancer, then as an actress.
Domhnall Gleeson: Living the Real Life as Levin
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In the role of Levin, Domhnall Gleeson had to standout in an all-star cast as the spiritual center of Joe Wright’s adaptation of ANNA KARENINA. But the young Irish actor is not only a budding star on his own, but also the son of one of Ireland’s great thespians, Brendan Gleeson.
Olivia Williams and Keira Knightley
Inside Our Movies Afield
While much of ANNA KARENINA is contained by the architecture of an old theater, there are select and significant scenes played in exterior locations, geographical locales that prove as meaningful as anything constructed on stage. As the filmmakers traveled from the frozen Russian farmland to local English estates to find natural scenes that fit.
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Inside Our Movies Lights, Camera, and More
In shooting ANNA KARENINA, Joe Wright and his cinematography Seamus McGarvey choreographed a complex ballet of camera moves, changing filters, and lighting sets to capture the mesmerizing movement on stage. In so doing, they created a unique cinematic vocabulary that spoke to the film’s bold style of adaptation.
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Inside Our Movies All the Stage is a World
To highlight the peculiar artifice of 19th century Russian society, Joe Wright refracted that historical moment through the prism of a stage. And to capture all its nuances, ANNA KARENINA’s filmmaking team built and rebuilt their theater to adroitly reflect the story's many inflections of class, elegance, tradition, action and romance.
Jude Law and Keira Knightley
Inside Our Movies Company Convenes in ANNA KARENINA
To visually realize a story as epic as Tolstoy’s ANNA KARENINA, Wright needed his trusted team of film artists – including production designer Sarah Greenwood, DP Seamus McGarvey, costume designer Jacqueline Durran, among others – to make every element exact and exhilarating.
Keira Knightley
Inside Our Movies Anna Karenina: From Novel To Screenplay To Unique Setting
For director Joe Wright and his screenwriter Tom Stoppard, working on a new adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic about love, ANNA KARENINA, was itself a labor of love. But wasn’t till Wright hit upon a bold new way of staging the love story, the filmmakers saw how to bring something fresh to this classic romance.
Matthew MacFadyen
Inside Our Movies Friends and Family
For a story famously about “unhappy families,” Wright created a happy home for his family of actors to embody the story’s fascinating and rich characters and the culturally complex world they live in.
Anna Karenina: Always Inspiring
Inside Our Movies The Many Faces of Anna Karenina: Film, Dance, Opera and More
Since Anna Karenina was first published in 1873, Tolstoy’s epic story of love has been reimagined and reinterpreted by filmmakers, dramatists, choreographers, composers, graphic artists and the like. Let’s look at a few.
Dario Marianelli
Inside Our Movies The Key to ANNA KARENINA
Starting with the idea of a waltz, Academy Award-winning composer Dario Marianelli created a score that captures the emotions, as well as the historical moment, of ANNA KARENINA.
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