Anna Karenina is an upcoming drama based on Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel of the same title. Anna Karenina is directed by noted director Joe Wright who will be working with Keira Knightley (playing the character of Anna Karenina) for a third time around. Joe Wright is also the director of the beautiful films: Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. The movie Anna Karenina emits a powerful love story that goes beyond any leaps and bounds in a lifetime. The film explores how great the human heart can love even at times of challenges. In this film, Anna Karenina explores the true meaning of happiness starting with herself and the meaning of romance in her marriage as change comes to her life. Anna Karenina is set in the late 19th century Russia amongst the high society groups. Let’s take a look at how Keira Knightley prepared herself for the film: Anna Karenina
“Interview With Keira Knightley for The Movie Anna Karenina
Not really, no. I think we all had little pieces of it in our head, but only Joe [Wright, the director,] really knew. If I’m honest, I think he tried to explain it to us, collectively and individually, but no one really knew quite what he was going on about. If I hadn’t worked with him before, maybe I would have panicked but I’ve learned to just trust him over the years and it helps you dive in.
It’s a huge part for you – was it what you expected?
Hardly. When it was first put forward, we were all going to Russia to shoot it there. I was well up for that, but then the budget came in and it was all too daunting, so we had to hold off. It was on, it was off, it was on again. I think Joe was being scaled back and in fact the new restrictions made him incredibly creative, out of necessity.
Did that change the way you approached your performance?
Absolutely. Because we weren’t going to be doing a naturalistic take on it, I saw it as a kind of juggling act. The set and the way we were flowing from scene to scene meant that we had a very stylised, fluid movement and yet my character’s emotional reality had to be as rooted as possible. God, it’s hard to explain, partly because I had no idea how it would all turn out. But that’s what I was trying to do, to keep hold of a raw, real person at the heart of it, even if her journey was going to be stylised. It was a bloody intense process for me, really hard work.
I saw you on set and you were really concentrating. You had your big book of notes, your face was furrowed, you were really thinking your way round each scene that I watched you do.
Yeah, well, there are some lucky fuckers who can just turn it on. I’m not one of them, I can tell you. I’ve never really been a finished product, have I? I mean, I think I’ve got good instincts about whether I’m making a scene work or not, but because I’ve had to do all my learning as an actress in public, I’ve turned into someone who’s well prepared. That’s just the way I work. It’s a bit girly swot, if you want to put it that way, but I need it all written out. I do a lot of homework.”
You can read the rest of the interview at guardian.co.uk
Anna Karenina will be showing in cinemas on November 16th 2012.
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