Video Feature: About Becoming Anna Karenina
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Fascinated by the world of Anna Karenina? In this new video feature the cast and creative team talked about how they embraced and recreated the world. The time is 1874. Vibrant and beautiful, Anna Karenina (Ms. Knightley) has what any of her contemporaries would aspire to; she is the wife of Karenin (Jude Law), a high-ranking government official to whom she has borne a son, and her social standing in St. Petersburg could scarcely be higher.
Anna Karenina is acclaimed director Joe Wright’s bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, stirringly adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s great novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love). The film marks the third collaboration of the director with Academy Award-nominated actress Keira Knightley and Academy Award-nominated producers Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Paul Webster, following their award-winning box office successes Pride & Prejudice and Atonement.
The Moscow household is also visited by Oblonsky’s best friend Levin (Domhnall Gleeson), an overly sensitive and compassionate landowner. Levin is in love with Dolly’s younger sister Kitty (Alicia Vikander). Inopportunely, he proposes to Kitty but she is infatuated with Vronsky. Devastated, Levin returns to his Pokrovskoe estate and throws himself into farm work. Kitty herself is heartbroken when, at a grand ball, Vronsky only has eyes for Anna and the married woman reciprocates the younger man’s interest.
Anna struggles to regain her equilibrium by rushing home to St. Petersburg, where Vronsky follows her. She attempts to resume her familial routine, but is consumed by thoughts of Vronsky. A passionate affair ensues, which scandalizes St. Petersburg society. Karenin is placed in an untenable position and is forced to give his wife an ultimatum. In attempting to attain happiness, the decisions Anna makes pierce the veneer of an image-obsessed society, reverberating with romantic and tragic consequences that dramatically change her and the lives of all around her.
A Focus Features presentation of a Working Title production. A Joe Wright Film. Keira Knightley, Jude Law, AaRon Taylor-Johnson. Anna Karenina. Kelly MacDonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Alicia Vikander. With Olivia Williams and Emily Watson. Casting by Jina Jay, Dixie Chassay. Choreographer, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Music by Dario Marianelli. Hair and Make-up Designer, Ivana Primorac. Costume Designer, Jacqueline Durran. Editor, Melanie Ann Oliver. Production Designer, Sarah Greenwood. Director of Photography, Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC. Co-Producer, Alexandra Ferguson. Executive Producer, Liza Chasin. Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy. Screenplay by Tom Stoppard. Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster. Directed by Joe Wright. A Focus Features Release.