When a extensive six-minute clipr for Anna Karenina debuted earlier this month, we momentarily forgot all about the glamour and glitz of Baz Luhrmann's forthcoming The Great Gatsby and couldn't wait to get a look at Joe Wright's ambitious take on the classic Russian story. Spinning off the idea that the Russian aristocracy of the 19th century were living their lives "on a stage," and faking everything as they took their cues from France, Wright has set much of the film inside an old theater, and imbued the entire film with a theatricality that could make it fascinating or completely impossible to watch.
It's still hard to know exactly how it will work out, but today we get another glimpse at the film and, once again, it's cramming with arresting visuals and some intriguing looking performance. The clip also has a lot of Keira Knightley and Wright talking about the idea behind the film's melodramatic style. Take a look below.
"What is the point in doing a safe adaptation?" Well said, Keira Knightley. It's no surprise she and Wright are totally on the same page, since she's starred in two of his most acclaimed films, Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. After the Oscar-nominated success of Atonement Wright seemed to be heading down the road of a fairly standard prestige film director, but the failure of The Soloist seemed to put a kink in that path-- last year's bloody and wild coming-of-age fairy tale Hanna was like nothing else Wright had made, and brilliant for it. Now you really never know what Wright might do next, and as much as Anna Karenina sounds like a return to his Pride & Prejudice prestige days, it's obviously something a whole lot more complicated.
Anna Karenina comes to theaters on November 9 this year. Let us know in the comments if the film's unusual style has you more or less interested in seeing it.
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