Anna Karenina (1997)
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Leo Tolstoy's classic novel is brought to the screen once again in what was the first American-based production of this story to be filmed on location in Russia. Anna (Sophie Marceau) is married to Alexei (James Fox), but while their relationship is not outwardly unhappy, it's clear that neither has much enthusiasm for either their spouse or their marriage. While visiting her bother Stiva (Danny Huston), who is having marital problems of his own, Anna meets Count Vronsky (Sean Bean). An
Apr 4, 1997 Wide
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This sleek, Cliffs Notes version of a masterpiece is ... glossy and picture perfect on the surface and hollow at the core.
When [Anna and Vronsky] first lay eyes on each other at the train station in St. Petersburg, the only steam between them comes from the engine.
A copy of the paperback book should cost about as much as a movie ticket, and will provide a more lasting and worthwhile investment.
You're better off reading the Cliff's Notes.
Marceau and Bean have no chemistry, which is essential to a film like this.
Doesn't build strong relationships between the characters, relying instead on overheated words and performances to generate false intensity.
Sumptuous cinematography, glorious sets and costumes dominate throughout the film.
Provided you have a burning interest in pretty visuals and less regard for the whys and wherefores of human behavior, this latest adaptation of Tolstoy's classic is a pleasant watch.
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