Movie Review : Anna Karenina
Starring: Helen McCrory, Kevin Mckidd
Review by Ruralstar
4 hours running time
NB This review contains Spoilers
From Wikipedia: Anna Karenina is a novel by the Russian writer Leo
Tolstoy, published in serial installments from 1873 to 1877 in the periodical
The Russian Messenger. Tolstoy clashed with its editor Mikhail Katkov
over political issues that arose in the final installment (Tolstoy's unpopular
views of volunteers going to Serbia); therefore, the novel's first complete
appearance was in book form.
There have been many incarnations of this story produced since its
publication. The earliest I discovered was an adaption by the French
playwright Edmond Guiraud for the theater dated 1907. Movies and
television versions date from 1914. I write this review never having read
the book or seen any adaptation except the one starring Kevin McKidd.
Wrapped up in the complicated tangle of Russian politics and society Anna
Karenina is a classic melodrama of high romance and tragedy. Anna is a
product of her environment. A prisoner of the very society that brought
her notice and status. She ultimately falls victim to her own personal
weaknesses and the manipulations of the powerful, passionate men who
dominate her life. The central plot point is Anna’s doomed romance with
Alexie Vronsky. However, the lives and loves of familial and societal
connections give the story a greater depth and illustrate to the viewer, at
least in part, why Anna and Alexie can never be.
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