Looking for a fun way to learn a bit more about Russian history and culture? Check out the new adaptation of the famous Russian novel Anna Karenina which will hit theaters on November 9th.
The film is directed by Joe Wright and stars Keira Knightley in the title role and Jude Law as her frustrated husband. Early reviews say that Keira Knightley is perfect as the young and frustrated wife, and Jude Law humanizes an unsympathetic role.
Anna Karenina was written famous Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy. It tells the story of Anna, her husband, and the other man she falls in love with. The novel explores themes of fidelity, class and hypocrisy, as characters respond in markedly different ways to various characters’ marital affairs. The book is mildly autobiographical: one character proposes to his fiancée in the same way that Tolstoy did to his wife. And, the manner in which Tolstoy disclosed his own affair to his wife is mirrored in the book. The story was originally published as an eight part serial in the periodical The Russian Messenger. To this day, many describe it as the best novel of all time.
Joe Wright is no stranger to literary adaptations and period films. His previous work includes the well-received Pride and Prejudice and Atonement (both of which also starred Keira Knightley). Fans of their other collaborations will probably enjoy this one, as well.
Want to familiarize yourself with the novel before you see the film? You can find copies of the book online at Project Gutenberg or listen to the free audiobook at LibroVox.