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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 20, 2012 at 4:23PM

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

This article is related to: Keira Knightley, Joe Wright, Focus Features, Anna Karenina, Jude Law


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.