Is Keira Knightley’s new Anna Karenina film a gamble?
Actress Keira Knightley, director Joe Wright and screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard discuss their new film Anna Karenina, a version of Tolstoy’s novel very different from any that have gone before.
“I think some people will really love it and I suspect some people will really hate it,” says Keira Knightley of her latest venture, a new film of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.
The 27-year-old is disarmingly frank about the prospects of Joe Wright’s film, which takes a boldly stylistic approach to a novel usually rendered in a traditional, naturalistic fashion.
Having visited a variety of locations in Britain and Russia, Wright turned his back on convention in favour of an experimental, highly theatrical take on this 19th Century love story.
“It felt like I was treading the same ground again, which became slightly depressing,” says Wright of his initial flirtation with straight period drama.
“I really felt I had to do something different with it.”
As with previous adaptations – of which there have been several – the film tells the story of a government official’s wife who embarks upon a potentially ruinous affair with a young cavalry officer.
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