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Here's how Joe Wright's Anna Karenina will be nothing like what you expect (plus new pictures)

02.28.2012
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Originally Joe Wright (HANNA) was planning to shoot ANNA KARENINA, a tale by Tolstoy about love and adultery amongst the Russian aristocracy, as every other "costume drama" has been shot - lush old houses, fancy costumes, the whole bit. But he became worried that he would just be falling into the same pattern as that of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and ATONEMENT, so Wright decided to do something a bit more eclectic with this particular movie shoot.

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"As a result of his reading of Orlando Figes' 2002 history of the Russian aristocracy 'Natasha's Dance' -- that Wright says 'described them as living their lives upon a stage, that it was all a performance' -- the director decided to shoot the majority of his Russian epic on and around a single location, a run-down theater built from scratch at Shepperton Studios outside London.

Inspired by his idea that the book is 'about the search for the authentic life,' the film will see the world of Anna, her husband Karenin and her lover Count Vronsky intrude on this theatrical setting, with full-size trains running through one moment and the 'stage' converted into an ice rink the next. Other rooms will connect directly to the theater, while toy trains and dollhouses will represent exterior locations. As Wright says, 'There is a fluid linearity. You can walk from one house under the 'stage' straight onto the horse training ground.' Producer Paul Webster (EASTERN PROMISES) adds, 'We are creating true cinema, this elastic universe. You can go through a door and you've even got a Russian landscape.'"

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And what is perhaps most interesting of all? In a further subversion of classic costume drama practice, as Anna Karenina's sanity unravels historical anachronisms will begin to manifest themselves in the world of the film. 

Wow, Joe Wright.  All of a sudden I'm actually interested in this project.  Well done.

ANNA KARENINA will release in the UK this September (with no US date yet set) and stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Domhnall Gleeson, and Olivia Williams.

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Extra Tidbit: So does this make you any more interested, or do you remain indifferent?
Source: Indiewire

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10:27PM on 02/29/2012
Not a fan of 'Hanna', but I do enjoy all of Wright's other films (I don't get the bile thrown towards "The Soloist"), and with the way he plans to this, I am 100% on-board.
Not a fan of 'Hanna', but I do enjoy all of Wright's other films (I don't get the bile thrown towards "The Soloist"), and with the way he plans to this, I am 100% on-board.
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1:24PM on 02/28/2012

Joe Wright has proven himself as a very capable director

So I'm eagerly looking forward to this! Side note: Why do so many of his films bomb at the box office? I'll admit the Soloist wasn't great. But Atonement(my favorite film of the last decade) and Hanna certainly deserved better.
So I'm eagerly looking forward to this! Side note: Why do so many of his films bomb at the box office? I'll admit the Soloist wasn't great. But Atonement(my favorite film of the last decade) and Hanna certainly deserved better.
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1:16PM on 02/28/2012
This description of the premise knocked my socks off. Joe Wright is a clever man.
This description of the premise knocked my socks off. Joe Wright is a clever man.
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10:40AM on 02/28/2012
Have you seen Hanna or Atonement?

It's Joe fucking Wright. If he points a camera at a shrivelled penis then I shall look at it (awkwardly) for the duration.
Have you seen Hanna or Atonement?

It's Joe fucking Wright. If he points a camera at a shrivelled penis then I shall look at it (awkwardly) for the duration.
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2:32PM on 02/28/2012
I personally was indifferent due to the subject matter, having personally been somewhat bored by the book. But I do very much agree - Joe Wright is a masterful filmmaker and I dug the hell out of HANNA.
I personally was indifferent due to the subject matter, having personally been somewhat bored by the book. But I do very much agree - Joe Wright is a masterful filmmaker and I dug the hell out of HANNA.
3:38AM on 02/29/2012
Very cool that you've read Anna Karenina. Seeing as how I've just recently finished War and Peace, I'm taking a breather from Tolstoy but right after I finish (the marvelous) The Master and Margarita and The Brothers Karamazov I will take a crack at AK. Though I fear that it will be indeed hard to get through, the subject matter is not exactly my cup of tea either.
Very cool that you've read Anna Karenina. Seeing as how I've just recently finished War and Peace, I'm taking a breather from Tolstoy but right after I finish (the marvelous) The Master and Margarita and The Brothers Karamazov I will take a crack at AK. Though I fear that it will be indeed hard to get through, the subject matter is not exactly my cup of tea either.
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