Last night, in a poetic interview with Charlie Rose, director Joe Wright described his work on Anna Karenina as the film that is closest to his own aesthetic ~ “it comes from having grown up in a puppet theater, it comes from a sense of the world being sort of magical, it comes from a sense of the world being more than is presented on the surface.” It is with this unique perspective he gives Tolstoy’s epic novel new life…he offers us a modern vision ~ two distinct stories set in two expressive cinematic settings…Anna’s fictional story takes place in a grand theater, while Levin’s autobiographical story is set in the “real world”…how wonderful to imagine this heavily adorned, surreal set opening up to reveal a wide expanse of sunlit landscape!
I can’t wait to experience this refreshingly beautiful interpretation of a classic love story! Opens in the states today! Happy weekend!
Novel by Leo Tolstoy
Screenplay by Sir Tom Stoppard
Directed by Joe Wright
Original Music by Dario Marianelli
Keira Knightly as Anna Karenina and Jude Law as Karenin