Leo Tolstoy is a master writer. I have read this novel for the first time just few days ago and saw the movie made by Joe Wright. Watching his film gave me a good feeling when I realized that we have still not lost touch with the literature classics in the mainstream cinema culture.
This story of a woman who leaves her `cold' husband for a vibrant army officer in nineteenth century Russia is probably one of the greatest novels of all time. Joe Wright's film has given a new fatality dimension. Earlier to Keira Knightley's Anna, Greta Garbo and Vivien Leigh have portrayed this role. BBC had also dramatized this novel in 1961 with Claire Bloom as Ana and Sean Connery as Count Vronsky. Keira is the youngest to play Anna at 27.
The story is presented from within the arch of a decayed theater. This technique was also used by Laurence Olivier in his Henry V production. Good performances by Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor Johnson and Mathew Macfadyen bring this drama back to life.