It seems folks are still divided on Joe Wright‘s undeniably audacious take on Leo Tolstoy‘s “Anna Karenina.” After a trailer and a generous six minute clip, some haven’t cottoned to Wright’s approach, while this writer, at least, has fallen for what has been on display so far, something that at least looks like a fresh approach to literary drama tropes. And with the film just over a month away from its U.K. release and festival bow on this side of the ocean, another peek at the movie has arrived.
Focus Features has dropped a new featurette for the film, one that goes behind the scenes of the production, offering up a good amount of new snippets of footage along with interviews with the director and cast. In case you missed out on your lit class in high school or college, “Anna Karenina” is a tragic love story about the titular married Russian aristocrat who causes a scandal when she falls for an army officer outside of her rank and class. Shot mostly on a soundstage utilizing interconnected sets and a unique visual style, Wright suggests that his choice to make it this way reflects the egos of the upper crust that are portrayed in the film. But whether it works or not, we’ll soon see.
Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Olivia Williams, Ruth Wilson, Holliday Grainger and more, the film opens in the U.S. on November 9th. Take a look below.
Toronto International Film Festival announced the first movies as part of their line-up and “Anna Karenina” is selected for the festival. The movie will have it’s international premiere. The festival is held September 6-16.
Anna Karenina Joe Wright, United Kingdom (International Premiere)
The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, following the award-winning box office successes Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, is a bold, theatrical new vision of the epic love story, adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love). The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna (Knightley) questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to surround her. Also starring Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Preceeding the Film4 promo clip, director Joe Wright explains that the production utilized a rundown theater for the entirety of the shoot, with over 100 interconnected sets build for use in the film, and boy does he ever make the most of the it. This sequence moves with a fluidity we don’t get all that often, running from a beautiful ballroom — with a ceiling that opens to show a fireworks display, in a particularly great shot — and ending in Anna’s chambers, where she has a bracing conversation with Alexei. There is a sort of great theatricality and decadence both in performances and visually that you’ll either roll with…or won’t…but it really, really worked for this writer. It feels like one of the great costume dramas of yore, but with a interesting contemporary flavor and approach. And the performances from Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson are compelling, even as the tones shift throughout this clip.
Give it a spin below. “Anna Karenina” opens in the U.K. on September 7th and in the U.S. on November 9th.
Jude is the new face of Vogue Eyewear Men. The spring/summer 2012 campaign was shot by the famous photographer Peter Lindbergh. We added the advertisements for the campaign in our gallery, and you can watch the behind the scenes video below.
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Wes Anderson may not make a lot of movies, but every time out he swings for the fences with his casts. In addition to his ability to get Bill Murray to come back time and time again – his script selection process is notoriously rigorous but he has been in every Anderson film since Rushmore – the director has been bringing incredibly talented actors together for years, his movies touting names like Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, Adrien Brody, Anjelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Willem Dafoe, Cate Blanchett and many more. His latest, Moonrise Kingdom, may be his most powerful ensemble yet, bringing in great performers like Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban, Tilda Swinton and Harvel Keitel. And he may be going for something even bigger in his next film.
According to Twitch, Anderson is going all out while finding his next cast and he has apparently already approached a number of big A-list stars about potential roles. The site says that the filmmaker has reached out to Johnny Depp, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury about the untitled project. It’s worth noting that all of the actors, with the exception of Depp, Law, and Lansbury, have appeared in a previous Anderson film. While details about the movie are still a mystery, when I spoke with Anderson a few weeks ago he told me that his latest work will take him to Europe and that he worked with a new co-writer on the script (aka not Owen Wilson, Noah Baumbach or Roman Coppola).
Honestly, Wes Anderson could make a movie starring two ferrets and I would be interested, so if he’s able to rope even half of the names on that list into his next film it will just be a cherry on top. Let’s just hope he’s aiming to start production soon!
Jude Law arrives in the paddock before qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 7, 2012 in Northampton