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Trailer Watch: Joe Wright's Sumptuous 'Anna Karenina' Waltzes Between Stage and Location

by Beth Hanna
June 20, 2012 4:23 PM
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Keira Knightley in "Anna Karenina"

The trailer for Joe Wright's likely Oscar contender "Anna Karenina" has landed, and it looks like Wright's intriguing decision to give the film a sumptuous stage setting is delivering in spades. Watch below as the characters (with Keira Knightley in the title role) waltz between gilded, illuminated amphitheatres and (what appear to be) actual locations.

Wright is no stranger to ballsy visual choices. Remember the single battlefield shot in "Atonement"? While his aesthetic choices don't always work and sometimes overshadow the meat of a film (Manohla Dargis aptly wrote in her 2011 review of "Hanna" that Wright "likes to toss the camera around like a coked-up cheerleader or a director who wants you to remember that it's all about him"), the gorgeous but transparently fabricated reality of "Anna" looks like it could be a dazzling home-run. Fingers crossed.

Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Kelly MacDonald, Olivia Williams and Michelle Dockery all join Knightley in the Tolstoy classic, adapted by Tom Stoppard. The film releases stateside via Focus Features on November 3, with an earlier release date of September 7 for the UK, Ireland and Spain.


  • Sevin Okyay | June 20, 2012 10:06 PMReply

    Dazzling! Great idea to have Jude Law as the husband betrayed.

  • anon | June 22, 2012 1:22 PM


  • Sergio | June 20, 2012 5:37 PMReply

    I know I'm going to sound like a film snob here (and I am) but judging this trailer it looks like Wright has been watching a lot of Luchino Visconti films lately

  • a_svirn | June 20, 2012 5:20 PMReply

    Are you serious?! That's a wrong Karenina. The one with Sophie Marceau.

  • Remy | June 20, 2012 5:12 PMReply

    I don't know if it's the disgraceful quality or if the video has been cropped, but if this is the trailer, it's absolutely pathetic... Where do you even see the "sumptiousness"?

  • Remy | June 20, 2012 5:32 PM

    Now *this* is sumptuous!

  • Beth Hanna | June 20, 2012 5:21 PM

    @Remy -- HD trailer for 2012 Anna Karenina now above.

  • AD | June 20, 2012 5:18 PM

    Vrong link is not the right trailer, this is Sophie Marceau not Keira Knightley. :) Here is the link

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