Film review: Anna Karenina

By David Larsen In Film

Print Share
31st January, 2013
It is not as obviously absurd to film Anna Karenina as it is, say, to mime Beethoven’s Ninth. But at a certain point, the scale differential between a novel and a film amounts to an unbridgeable gulf. Tolstoy does not give you the option of extracting his tragic Anna from her tragedy-inducing context: if you want to put her on a screen, you need to get a universe of detail up there with her. Many have tried. At least two dozen women have played Anna on screen over the past century, including Greta Garbo and Vivien Leigh. To say that Keira Knightley is no Garbo is like saying an ...

Get full access to

Subscribers can read the full version of this story.

You can subscribe and get full online access for as little as $5 per week.

Enjoy the high-quality, in-depth journalism of the Listener magazine with convenient online access. This includes access to thousands of archived articles and up-to-date TV and entertainment listings.

Our great content is available online even before it hits the shelves, and includes more focus on breaking news. With our responsive design you get a great reader experience whether you read from your home computer, tablet, or even smartphone.

Already a subscriber? Just to read full version of this story.

Already an existing print subscriber? As part of your magazine subscription you are entitled to receive full access to the New Zealand Listener Online content. Click here for instructions on how to redeem your digital access.

Or you can subscribe now to get unlimited access to

More by David Larsen

Switch to our mobile site