Rent Anna Karenina (2012)

2.9 of 5 from 269 ratings
2h 4min
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The epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy's timeless novel by Tom Stoppard. The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her.
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Tim Bevan, Paul Webster
Tom Stoppard, Leo Tolstoy
Jacqueline Durran, Dario Marianelli, Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer, Seamus McGarvey, Ivana Primorac, Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
Universal Pictures
Classics, Drama, Romance
2013, Through Time, Ireland At the Oscars

2013 BAFTA Best Costumes

2013 Oscar Best Costume Design

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124 minutes
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Polish Dolby Digital 5.1, Russian Dolby Digital 5.1
Arabic, English Hard of Hearing, Estonian, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian
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Region 2
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Widescreen 2.40:1
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Run Time:
129 minutes
English Audio Description DTS 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French DTS 5.1, German DTS 5.1, Italian DTS 5.1
Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
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  • Deleted Scenes
  • Anna Karenina: An Epic Story About Love
  • Adapting Tolstoy
  • Keira as Anna
  • On Set with Director Joe Wright
  • Dressing Anna
  • Anna Karenina: Time-Lapse Photography
  • Feature Commentary with Director Joe Wright

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Reviews (7) of Anna Karenina

Disappointing, stagey, irritatingly pretentious film that butchers a classic novel - Anna Karenina review by PV

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I had high hopes for this film - which is perhaps why I am so disappointed.

Yes, it's adapted by a great writer - Tom Stoppard. But, as those finanical adverts put it, 'past performance is not necessarily an indicator of future success'. He messes with the novel something rotten.

The director too seems to think he's making a film for his luvvies down the local state-subsidised theatre, or perhaps for the Edinburgh fringe. This movie is strictly for theatre fans and luvvies - though I watched it with a theatre lover and she hated it! It's neither Arthur nor Martha - but half a film and half a stage play. In other words, a right royal mess!

This film is largely set in a theatre - for some incomprehensibe reason. Budget maybe? But hey - they budget on this movie was rather large: they could afford top actors and one of Britain's most famous writers!

How much better this would have been if it had been made as a traditional historical story - like Dr Zhivago (a superb movie) or a movie like the Danish 'A Royal Affair': now THAT Is good storytelling.

Not sure about Aaron Johnson or Macfadyon in their roles either - I kept thinking of John Lennon and Spooks! Keira Wotsit does her usual coy ting.

1.5 stars rounded down because I'm so disappointed!

This will pass 2 hours relatively harmlessly (though a little confusingly, seeing as there are so many characters and many look alike).

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Nice costumes - pity about the rest of it - Anna Karenina review by RP

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Hmmm... It's not very often that I don't watch a film all the way to the end, even really bad ones. Yet I switched this off after about 15 minutes - I'd had enough.

Back in the days when I had a very long commute I read a selection of Russian classics: Tolstoy's 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina' and also Sholokov's 'And Quiet Flows the Don' and Pasternak's 'Doctor Zhivago' come to mind, if only for their length :)

So I was interested to see this film - but what's this? The lightweight Kiera Knightly playing yet another lightweight role in pretty-pretty clothes, and the 'action' mostly set on a theatre stage?

I found it unwatchable. Perhaps someone will come along and tell me that I missed a classic - but I don't care and consider that I've had a narrow escape from over 2 hours of tedious boredom.

Nice costumes - pity about the rest of it. 1/5 stars - I hated it.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Complete misfire - Anna Karenina review by Alphaville

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In a complete misjudgement the film makers decided that the best way to film Tolstoy’s sweeping drama was to set it in a small theatre with interchangeable backdrops, using only a few exteriors. The result, despite the acting talent on show, is like an am-dram misfire cobbled together in a church hall. The hall is even incorporated into the play, as when Anna walks across the stage past a man sweeping the floor. Such a conceit makes it impossible to engage with anything that’s happening. As if that isn’t enough, the awful, incessant, cartoonish, orchestral soundtrack mimics and choreographs the action until you want to scream.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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