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Old Aug 1st, 2012, 02:34 PM   #76
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I tried a few years ago, but just couldn't wade through it! The characters' multiple names did me in before I got a quarter way through it. And like many books from many years ago deemed great works, it is really slow.

I just wonder: how relevant today is a story of a woman having an affair? I mean come on, most women wouldn't fling themselves in front of a train these days! Anna and her lover would be just emailing each other and meeting up in lunchtimes/after work for a bit of passion!


Even THEN, Russian liberals were flabbergasted at the theme, they naturally attacked Tolstoy for that
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Old Aug 3rd, 2012, 01:35 PM   #77
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I tried a few years ago, but just couldn't wade through it! The characters' multiple names did me in before I got a quarter way through it. And like many books from many years ago deemed great works, it is really slow.

I just wonder: how relevant today is a story of a woman having an affair? I mean come on, most women wouldn't fling themselves in front of a train these days! Anna and her lover would be just emailing each other and meeting up in lunchtimes/after work for a bit of passion!
It's not shocking these days but the main theme of this story is love. That's why the story remains relevant and it is timeless. Yes, an affair these days will not have the same consequences but what is considered shocking to any society will still have the same characters.
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I really think Levin and Kitty's part will be totally omitted
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I really think Levin and Kitty's part will be totally omitted
It will not be but their story might take on a minor role than in the novel.
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if keira put on 20 kilos i would definitely eat her snatch.
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Agree. A piece of cinema has to hold the audience, and it has to be relevant to the audience. If it was as long and tortuous as the book no one would go and see it! Only a few years ago the remake of Dr Zhivago (with Keira in the Julie Christie role) flopped on TV - not many younger audiences can relate to what used to be scandalous/provoking/moving. Times change.
Tortuous It is hardly Tolstoy's fault as an author that people's minds have regressed to the point they don't have an attention span longer than a 2 hour film these days.

If younger audiences can't relate to what makes the novel great then they are not intelligent because there are many timeless themes in the novel. More than anything it is a novel about human relationships and the interactions of our relationships with society at large. Society and relationships change but the desires to love, create relationships that are accepted within the broader framework of society remain. The intense juxtaposition of our innermost feelings and hopes with our public persona is something everyone has to confront at some point and this is something I felt Tolstoy excelled at expositing in the novel - hopefully they can also do this well in the film.
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Re: FIRST LOOK: Keira Knightley is Anna Karenina

One thing I'm sure of is that the Anna Karenina of Tolstoy's imagination most definitely didn't look anything like Kiera Knightly.
If I remember correctly, she's described as a plump and lively woman with beautiful, soft mustache and not like a boyish, anorexic, lifeless bore (without any mustache whatsoever! )
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I tried a few years ago, but just couldn't wade through it! The characters' multiple names did me in before I got a quarter way through it. And like many books from many years ago deemed great works, it is really slow.

I just wonder: how relevant today is a story of a woman having an affair? I mean come on, most women wouldn't fling themselves in front of a train these days! Anna and her lover would be just emailing each other and meeting up in lunchtimes/after work for a bit of passion!
It's a great book, and I found it a page-turner. But you know not all books are for everyone. There were many times in the book when I got mad at the author. The story remains relevant, even if affairs are more common. People have been known to shoot their exes' new lovers, so...hardly irrelevant. Probably fewer women throw themselves in front of trains. Something to be thankful for. Women have given up their children for love, though. Today's society would probably be somewhat less inclined to ostracize such a woman, but not all societies. Anyway, I think it is a great book, and maybe you should try reading it again later in life. Some books are better the second time of trying. Anyway, this book remains a classic because of the relevance of its themes.
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One thing I'm sure of is that the Anna Karenina of Tolstoy's imagination most definitely didn't look anything like Kiera Knightly.
If I remember correctly, she's described as a plump and lively woman with beautiful, soft mustache and not like a boyish, anorexic, lifeless bore (without any mustache whatsoever! )
If that's what you're worried about the most, I'm afraid you don't understand the film medium. Film isn't a documentary. We're not watching this feeling and thinking that this is how it looked. It's an interpretation.

You are never going to get the look of the 19th century or other historical periods. And even if we do, we might not like it. It's about getting the story right, not the look.
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The cynics may sneer at Keira Knightley in her latest, challenging role as Anna Karenina, but this much-maligned actor is far more accomplished than her many detractors believe, writes EILEEN BATTERSBY
WHY DO SO MANY dislike Keira Knightley? Is it her jaw? Her alleged pout? Her thinness? The cut glass Englishness that she can conjure at will? That defiant fragility? Her tidy alliteration? Her success? Her good looks?
Next week sees the release of Joe Wright’s film version of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina with Knightley playing its self-destructive central character. Cynics are already engaging in Keira-bashing. But why shouldn’t this much-maligned actor play her? Still only 27, she has already established that she can play unhappy, romantically susceptible naïve idealists of limited vision. Her performance in Saul Dibb’s lavish period drama The Duchess (2008) was very good and ultimately moving. Knightley, little more than 22 during shoot, more than held her own in the face of a superlative Ralph Fiennes as her monosyllabic husband. Fiennes was the best thing in it, yet Knightley dominated her scenes.
She is naturally photogenic and can morph from wan teenager to femme fatale in the space of a couple of frames. Her exotic beauty, most specifically her eyes, more yearling than femme fatale, guarantees her screen presence. But she is also emotionally responsive and conveys an edgy, rather neurotic intensity that is convincingly balanced by vulnerability. Maybe it’s the mother in me, and/or the horse owner, but in a world of injustices, Knightley, an intelligent, committed actor, is consistently underestimated. True period costumes suit her and, as mostly everyone discovers, the skinny girls who are waiflike in swimsuits tend to look great in clothes. Too many articles about her focus on her tiny body. As long ago as Gilles MacKinnon’s harrowing Pure (2002) the 17-year-old Knightley, playing a pregnant teenage heroin addict, was riveting.
She is far superior to, say, Scarlett Johansson and is far less annoying than Anne Hathaway. One Day might have been a bit more compelling had Knightley been cast instead of Hathaway.
If Knightley, a dyslexic, were to put on weight the famous jaw or at least its tautness, would disappear. Would her detractors then begin reflecting on her CV? She may well be slightly too young to play Anna Karenina, but as Elizabeth Bennet in Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice in 2005, she was close enough in age to Austen’s creation.
Mere weeks younger than Knightley, is the deeply irritating “I’m-always-just-about-to-burst- into-tears” Carey Mulligan who, coincidentally, made her movie debut as Kitty Bennet in that same film. Wright’s Pride and Prejudice daringly took on the 1995 BBC version featuring the glorious Darcyesque perfection of Colin Firth, and placed the hugely appealing Matthew MacFadyen who gazed, slightly bewilderingly, at the fury of Knightley’s Lizzie in the proposal scene set in the rain. Here again, one should admit that Knightley’s feisty, instinctive – albeit modern – and very stubborn Elizabeth Bennet was good enough to secure an Oscar nomination, losing out to Reese Witherspoon. No investigative energy was needed to suggest that Wright had found a muse. Knightley was predictably cast in Wright’s 2007 screen adaptation of Ian McEwan’s Atonement. Again, it is unfair not to concede that Knightley certainly articulated Cecilia’s resentment at her younger sister’s life-destroying lie.
When Kazuo Ishiguro’s prophetic novel Never Let Me Go (2005) made it to the screen in 2010 with mixed results, Mulligan, in the narrator’s role, was considered the lead although Knightley’s Ruth imposed herself on every scene she appeared in.
We know it all began in Gurinder Chanda’s Bend it Like Beckham (2002) with Keira as Juliette, the second lead doughty tomboy footballer – remember she was 17 – and she was the pretty love object in Richard Curtis’s Love Actually (2002) in which just about every living British actor took part. But few fully noticed her until she was rescued by Cap’n Jack Sparrow in the 2003 first and by far the best of The Pirates of the Caribbean high-seas spoofs.
Knightley, still a teenager, was Elizabeth Swann, the suitably lovely, reluctantly corseted daughter of the widower Governor played by Jonathan Pryce. Her part, at least initially, required little more than looking beautiful. As the sequels trudged on, a sense of humour was needed and Knightley confirmed she had that. She also showed that she had the wit to abandon ship after the third one. Most bizarrely of all, in the early scenes she and Johnny Depp achieved an unlikely spark of erotic frisson – you need to be alert, or you might miss it.
In John Maybury’s The Edge of Love (2008), written by her playwright mother, Knightley again played a noble slave to love, this time in the unruly form of Dylan Thomas.
But by far the biggest professional risk she has taken to date was her role as Sabina Spielrein in David Croenberg’s A Dangerous Method (2011). For the first part of the film she is a screaming madwoman, it is difficult to watch her grotesque mannerisms complete with tics but she grows on the viewer just as her character appears to engage her doctor, Jung. They become lovers: she is passionate, he is clinical. The real-life Spielrein evolved from damaged young woman to pioneering female psychoanalyst. She was later murdered by the Nazis.
Wright’s Anna Karenina opens next week. Of course there will be snipes about her fabulous costumes and the jaw. No doubt the casting of MacFadyen as the erring but lovable Oblonsky and the always underrated former pretty boy Jude Law will attract the most critical approval.
But Knightley will acquit herself well. In time, should there ever be a remake of Brief Encounter, a mature Knightley would be an inspired choice. She could also convince as both the early and later Julia in Brideshead Revisited. In the event of a new Doctor Zhivago she would be a likely Lara.
Exactly how good is Keira Knightley? Far better than her detractors are prepared to admit.
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Thank you.

I actually love Keira and have enjoyed everyone of her films and performances. I think a lot of Keira bashing is down to the dumbing down that has taken place in society along with the growth in reverse snobbery: she's simply not Chav enough for many people today. People seem to relate more to the tattooed slag Chavs that pass for 'stars' that they see on TV.
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Re: FIRST LOOK: Keira Knightley is Anna Karenina

I love Keira, but the author is such retard. Why is he even bringing other actresses in discussion? And what's worse, he uses the most cliche things to bring them down

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Keira Knightley Singled out for Brave Performance in Anna Karenina



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TIME mag just wrote a rave review for Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina. Knightley has been quietly challenging the roles she seemed destined to play with last year’s A Dangerous Method and now, with Anna Karenina. Richard Corliss writes of Knightley:
The novel has been filmed at least two dozen times, including silent and sound-movie versions, in 1927 and 1935, with Greta Garbo, and a 1948 film with Vivien Leigh. Two of the most incandescent stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age would be tough competition for Knightley, if she were playing the same kind of Anna. But guided by Wright, her director for Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, Knightley embodies Anna as a girlish woman who has never felt erotic love; once smitten, she is raised to heavenly ecstasy before tumbling into the abyss of shame. It’s a nervy performance, acutely attuned to the volcanic changes a naive creature must enjoy and endure on her first leap into mad passion. She helps make Anna Karenina an operatic romance worth singing about.
Philip French writes:
Still, Knightley’s Anna has the right combination of passion, confusion, cruelty and near madness, and there’s a brilliant moment (which comes out of the novel) where she reveals her physical revulsion for her husband by angrily criticising his irritating habit of cracking his knuckles.
But there is no getting around the fact that the film’s reception will be mixed. It appears as though Joe Wright turned and did something no one expected him to do – he filmed the Anna Karenina no one expected him to make. Did you all just think Anna Karenina would be kind of by-the-numbers Wright and Knightley? But the critics instead seemed half-baffled by it. It is perhaps one of those films you either go with or you don’t. Unfortunately, it is one of the few Big Oscar Movies with a plot that revolves around a female character. In fact, it might be the ONLY one. I’m rooting for it but haven’t yet seen it.

The Oscar race is on! Will this land Keira an Oscar?
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