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Tolstoy in (and out of) Love: “The Last Station”

Tolstoy in (and out of) Love: "The Last Station"

Leo and Sofya Tolstoy had one of the great literary marriages—a passionate half-century love affair that resulted in the birth of 13 children, a deep and abiding partnership that inspired and helped to produce some of the most significant works in all of world literature, and a scornful, destructive relationship that drove each of them to the brink of insanity. They were collaborators, lovers, and formidable adversaries, and theirs was a story so richly dramatic that Tolstoy pilfered liberally from it in War and Peace, Anna Karenina, and The Kreutzer Sonata, among other works. With The Last Station, writer-director Michael Hoffman, whose best film is the delightfully absurd satire Soapdish (other, lesser credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, One Fine Day, and Restoration), takes this legendarily tempestuous relationship and turns it into middling awards bait. Click here to read the rest of Chris Wisniewski’s review of The Last Station.

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