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Tolstoy’s ‘Anna Karenina’ lovely to look at but stifled by director’s vision

In “Anna Karenina,” Keira Knightley plays the title character, and Jude Law is her husband, Russian government official Alexie Karenin.
Photographer: Laurie Sparham/Focus Features
In “Anna Karenina,” Keira Knightley plays the title character, and Jude Law is her husband, Russian government official Alexie Karenin.
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‘Anna Karenina” director Joe Wright’s startling new vision of the Tolstoy classic is all dressed up with no place to go. Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the tale of passion and impropriety in Imperial Russian society, circa 1870, the production is bold, sumptuous, ambitious and yet bound by its own self-imposed conventions. In a rash move, Wright has confined most of the sweeping story to a single decaying theater. Literally all ...

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