Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Anna Karenina 1997

Product Details     Anna is a young and elegant wife with an older husband and young son in St. Petersburg.  She visits her brother and meets Count Vronsky at a dance.  She tries to convince him that she is not interested but caves in to his pressures and she has his baby.  She has an agreement with her husband that if she stays with Vronsky, she will not keep the baby.  They go away to Italy because Anna is very weak and almost died after childbirth.  Vronsky feels idle in Italy and convinces Anna to return to St. Petersburg.  She faces opposition from her husband over seeing their son.  Intense social pressures due to their circumstances as a couple begin to drive Anna into deep depression.
     I was very disappointed when I began watching this film because I thought it was the new Anna Karenina with Keira Knightley.  I could not figure out why a different person was playing Anna?  This is not as good as the 2001 version by the BBC which is 240 minutes.  This release really points out the mistakes Anna made by becoming involved with Vronsky.  3* (This movie is OK)

108 min, Drama directed by Bernard Rose with Sophie Marceau, Sean Bean, Alfred Molina, Mia Kirshner, James Fox Fiona Shaw, Danny Huston, Phyllida Law.

Note:  Imdb 6.1 out of 10, 26% critic 64% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.
Special Note:  This is the first American-based production to be filmed on location in Russia.

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