What better way to celebrate Election Day than by taking a trip down memory lane to 19th century Russia. With a week and a half to go until “Anna Karenina” hits US theaters in limited release, we have been treated with five new clips from the upcoming Leo Tolstoy adaptation.
The clips range in tone from comedic to dramatic and romantic, and touch on most things in between. Director Joe Wright seems to be able to jump between the different scenes with ease, but it remains to be seen whether or not they work together as a whole.
In one scene, Matthew Macfayden’s Oblonsky explains the rules of love to Domhnall Gleeson’s Levin. In two more, we see the entire range of the relationship between Keira Knightley’s Anna Karenina and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Count Vronsky. Jude Law’s Karenin later confronts Anna about her relationship with Vronsky (we don’t imagine this scene will end well) and then the last clip shows a dinner party where the various characters present discuss the various restrictions of love.
For those of you who need a quick brush-up on the plot of “Anna Karenina,” the film follows its married title character as she enters into an illicit relationship with a cavalry officer named Vronsky. This causes her life to spool out of control as she tries to rebel against the constrains of Russian society during the latter half of the 19th century.
“Anna Karenina” is due in theaters in limited release on November 16.
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