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Risky New Ways To Tell This Classic Tragedy

Movies: ‘Anna Karenina’
Keira Knightley as Anna, and Aaron Taylor Johnston, Vronsky,in Joe Wright’s unique production of “Anna Karenina.”

The director of “Anna Karenina,” Joe Wright, has taken a big risk. Rather than make a conscientious costume drama like his two previous films, “Pride & Prejudice” and “Atonement,” he’s heavily stylized the telling of the story, setting it in a theater, not as a play for an audience, but as a framing or distancing device. The actors stride from one set to another, from stage to backstage wings to a catwalk in the rafters, quickly establishing in compact and concise scenes, the enormous cast of characters and the Imperial Russian setting.

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