...meandering thoughts and a reminder to myself that a mundane day can be just as beautiful as a spectacular one.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Anna Karenina

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I don't remember what movie the mister and I were at the theater for,
but I do remember seeing a preview for the new Anna Karenina movie.
It looked so beautiful in the previews, I knew I had to read the book
and then go see the beautiful masterpiece.  

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My goal was to see the movie in the theater.  But, the book
took me ages to read. I had trouble figuring out all the names. Most
of the characters went by several different names.  Also, Russian 
names are so different from American ones.  So, I found a character
list and printed it out and kept it with the book.  It was a huge help.
I found out later that my father-in-law did the same thing when reading
another Tolstoy classic, War and Peace, so I didn't feel so bad. 


After months of persistence, 
and just after the movie was released on DVD,
I finally finished reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
I began reading the above vintage copy of the book that
I received as a gift from my Aunt Edie.
When I started the read, the book was still in one piece.
But, before I could finish, the poor book began to fall apart.
Luckily I was able to repair it just enough to finish reading.

 I'm really happy I read the book before seeing the movie.
I'm not sure that I would totally get what was happening in
the movie if I hadn't.

The film was gorgeous.
It was very stylized and a lot of the movie took
place on stage.  I've never seen film quite like it.
There was a dance number that was simply breathtaking.
Just magical.  My heart fluttered several
times in the course of the film.

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...and Keira Knightly is probably one of the 
very few actors that can
pull off playing the complex role of Anna.

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Romantic and tragic -
no wonder it's such a classic
and is still around today.

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