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Watch: New Footage In Featurette For 'Anna Karenina' With Keira Knightley, Jude Law & Aaron Johnson

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 27, 2012 5:45 PM
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It seems folks are still divided on Joe Wright's undeniably audacious take on Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina." After a trailer and a generous six minute clip, some haven't cottoned to Wright's approach, while this writer, at least, has fallen for what has been on display so far, something that at least looks like a fresh approach to literary drama tropes. And with the film just over a month away from its U.K. release and festival bow on this side of the ocean, another peek at the movie has arrived.

Focus Features has dropped a new featurette for the film, one that goes behind the scenes of the production, offering up a good amount of new snippets of footage along with interviews with the director and cast. In case you missed out on your lit class in high school or college, "Anna Karenina" is a tragic love story about the titular married Russian aristocrat who causes a scandal when she falls for an army officer outside of her rank and class. Shot mostly on a soundstage utilizing interconnected sets and a unique visual style, Wright suggests that his choice to make it this way reflects the egos of the upper crust that are portrayed in the film. But whether it works or not, we'll soon see.

Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Olivia Williams, Ruth Wilson, Holliday Grainger and more, the film opens in the U.S. on November 9th. Take a look below.

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  • Claire | August 28, 2012 7:41 PMReply

    i can not wait for this move

  • lucy | August 28, 2012 7:42 PM

    me neither

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  • Anna | July 29, 2012 5:24 PMReply

    I really can't wait to see this movie. Filming most of it on a stage in a theater is incredibly, visually creative. Never have I seen a movie made by one director who placed all the sequences of the movie in a theater. That is just very creative, I have a feeling many around the world will love this film adaptation of the novel of Anna Karenina.

  • Bruce Spencer | July 29, 2012 4:13 PMReply


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  • Julia | July 28, 2012 11:42 AMReply

    Kevin, please read the book before you write a review on the movie. Vronsky and Anna Karenina belong to the same "rank and class", that is how they met and fell in love with each other. But, it was unacceptable to leave the family and ask for divorce at that society.

  • Gemini71 | July 28, 2012 10:39 AMReply

    Are there any photos of Holliday Grainger as The Baroness around? I require one for the blog dedicated to Miss Grainger that I set up. You can find the blog here:

  • Oogle monster | July 28, 2012 10:00 AMReply

    I think it looks great. Curious why it is skipping the festival circuit as of now...?

  • Jackie | July 28, 2012 12:47 AMReply

    I, too, thought Aaron Johnson went by his wife's name now?

  • c | July 27, 2012 7:59 PMReply

    Again, he is now Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

  • MAXWELLL JOOOO | July 28, 2012 6:05 AM

    who cares? if his names aaron taylor johnston or whatever, thats his damn name. dont be an a hole person below.

  • ffs | July 27, 2012 11:34 PM

    God who cares. Is this really worth bringing up in every post? They'll split by the time anyone manages to remember it.

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