It seems folks are still divided on Joe Wright‘s undeniably audacious take on Leo Tolstoy‘s “Anna Karenina.” After a trailer and a generous six minute clip, some haven’t cottoned to Wright’s approach, while this writer, at least, has fallen for what has been on display so far, something that at least looks like a fresh approach to literary drama tropes. And with the film just over a month away from its U.K. release and festival bow on this side of the ocean, another peek at the movie has arrived.
Focus Features has dropped a new featurette for the film, one that goes behind the scenes of the production, offering up a good amount of new snippets of footage along with interviews with the director and cast. In case you missed out on your lit class in high school or college, “Anna Karenina” is a tragic love story about the titular married Russian aristocrat who causes a scandal when she falls for an army officer outside of her rank and class. Shot mostly on a soundstage utilizing interconnected sets and a unique visual style, Wright suggests that his choice to make it this way reflects the egos of the upper crust that are portrayed in the film. But whether it works or not, we’ll soon see.