Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

DVD - 2013
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In Tolstoy's powerful tale of family passions set in Russia in the 1870s, Anna, the young and beautiful wife of a powerful older man, risks more than she can imagine when she runs away with the dashing Count Vronsky.
Publisher: [United States] : Universal Home Entertainment, 2013.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jul 13, 2017

Way too long and boring. Kept jumping around from scene to scene.

JCLSheidaB Jun 30, 2017

A breathtakingly beautiful rendition of the Russian classic. I just wish someone else, anyone else, had played Vronsky.

Mar 12, 2017

I was very impressed by the use of stage sets for all of the scenes. I had the feeling that I was being transported back to another time. The costumes were sumptuous, everything was perfect for making the era come alive. This film is gorgeously done to the very last detail!

Sep 08, 2016

This is a 2012 British historical romance directed by Joe Wright, adapted by Tom Stoppard from Leo Tolstoy's 1877 novel of the same name.
The film depicts the tragedy of Russian aristocrat and socialite Anna Karenina, wife of senior statesman Alexei Karenin.
Anna's affair with the affluent officer Count Vronsky leads to her ultimate demise.
Although the theme remains intact, setting most of the actions on a theater stage appears somewhat awkward.
I don't like foolishly-choreographed social dance in the ballroom.
I've seen a dog fart in a concert for the first time.
I've never heard a dog fart in my whole life. :-)
In any case, it seems to be a vividly painted historical drama reflecting on the Russian high society of the late 19th century.

Aug 27, 2016

This is really a wonderful movie!! of course it will be - I'm not surprised, because it is one of Leo Tolstoy novels. It is really the best romantic movie that I've ever watched, my favourite character is Anna's husband he is really the nicest man that I've ever seen. He was ready to forgive his wife after all what she had done, and the most character that I hate is Anna's lover because he stop loving her after all what she done for him, and I hate Anna too because she kept doing mistakes and never learn and admit that she had chosen wrong. I give this movie 8/10. This movie is inappropriate for kids under 15 years old. - @rahmamawlood of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

A more interesting and vivid adaptation of the book than the Garbo version. This version had its flaws (ie Sergei was about as animate as the bed he lay in), but overall I enjoyed it. The visual play Wright added to the story did occasionally miss its mark, but was largely on point.

Mar 22, 2016

Lavish, beautiful, dramatic, and extremely....odd.

Dec 02, 2015

I would liken this adaptation to eating a bucket of Turkish delight in one sitting-I lasted less than half an hour,the Dr's appointment is on Monday. Gaudy,embarrassing, miscast,shallow,avoid.

May 07, 2015


This is the Joe Wright (PRIDE & PREJUDICE and ATONEMENT) directed, Tom Stoppard adapted film of Tolstoy's classic adultery novel. Keira Knightley is fine as Anna; so too is Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Vronsky. They're both radiant. But there isn't a whole lot of depth to their performances. Part of the problem might be packing a huge novel into two hours and ten minutes (which proved to be about 40-minutes too long for me; the last third of the movie really hits the sand). In order to accomplish this, and no doubt cut down on location costs, Wright sets the drama in a theater of 1870's Imperial Russia. So, for instance, at the beginning of the movie, when Levin visits Stiva at his job, they're on a stage; they make arrangements to go out to dinner that night; when the time comes, they go backstage and climb the cat walks and pick through the rigging to arrive at the restaurant. It's novel and arty and a fascinating way to begin the movie; it makes one realize that society is a play where everything is staged. But after an hour the contrivance has created too much separation between you and characters (which possibly is Stoppard's intent). What stands out in this Wright-Stoppard version is the sympathetic -- I would say it even borders on heroic -- treatment of the cuckold Karenin, played ably by Jude Law. I don't know if it is because I'm close to Karenin's age myself and have suffered through an unfaithful partner or two since I read ANNA KARENINA a quarter-century ago, but I approve of this elevation. Anna and Vronsky seem especially indulgent and petulant in this production. Granted, society's reaction to Anna's affair is cruel and superficial; but gone almost completely is any sense of Anna as a heroine of women's liberation, something which was a big part of the BBC mini-series from the 1970's. This movie is great to look at and has an important message to impart about Romantic love and animality. It is a mature and perceptive film in line with Tolstoy's philosophy. It's not perfect, and it's not always riveting; but it's worth seeing.

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aaa5756 May 27, 2013

“Things may come to those who wait…but only the things left by those who hustle.” -Abraham Lincoln

Apr 24, 2013

Nikolai Levin: "Romantic love will be the last delusion of the old order."


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