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Joe Wright to direct Anne Karenina with Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson

Joe Wright will direct the epic romance Anna Karenina, adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love). The Working Title Films production will commence filming in the U.K. and Russia this month. Focus Features will distribute the movie domestically, and Universal Pictures International (UPI) will distribute the movie internationally, in the second half of 2012.

Anna Karenina marks Mr. Wright’s third Working Title movie with Focus and UPI, following the award-winning boxoffice successes Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. Also for Working Title and UPI, he directed The Soloist; also for Focus, he most recently directed the hit adventure thriller Hanna.

Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing Anna Karenina with Paul Webster; the three were Academy Award nominees as the producers of Mr. Wright’s Best Picture-nominated Atonement. Also with Focus, Mr. Webster was a Golden Globe Award nominee as producer of Eastern Promises.

Keira Knightley, Academy Award-nominated for Pride & Prejudice, will star as Anna Karenina in her third collaboration with Mr. Wright. Ms. Knightley will be starring opposite two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law, as Anna’s husband Aleksei Karenin; and Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy), as Count Vronsky. Rounding out the cast will be Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire), Matthew Macfadyen (Pride & Prejudice), Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Alicia Vikander (The Seventh Son), two-time Academy Award nominee Emily Watson, Olivia Williams (Hanna), and Ruth Wilson (Luther).

Also reteaming with Mr. Wright on Anna Karenina are Academy Award-winning composer Dario Marianelli, twice-Academy Award-nominated costume designer Jacqueline Durran, and three-time Academy Award-nominated production designer Sarah Greenwood. The cinematographer will be Academy Award winner Philippe Rousselot. Melanie Ann Oliver (Focus’ Jane Eyre) will edit the feature. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui will be the choreographer on the movie.

The story unfolds in its original late-19th-century Russia high-society setting and powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart, from the passion between adulterers to the bond between a mother and her children. As Anna (Ms. Knightley) questions her happiness, change comes to her family, friends, and community.

Focus Features CEO James Schamus said, “Joe Wright is a master filmmaker, and with Tom Stoppard’s brilliant screenplay this Anna Karenina will be full of both pageantry and emotion. To realize Joe’s vision, we have the perfect producing partners in Working Title and Paul Webster, whose acumen is unsurpassed. With Keira Knightley playing this iconic role and a splendid cast supporting her, today’s moviegoers will be drawn to this powerful story.”

Mr. Bevan commented, “Everyone at Working Title is proud to affirm a longtime collaboration with Joe Wright through this, our fourth picture together. That we are able to re-convene cast and crew from Pride & Prejudice and Atonement makes it all the more exciting. We anticipate that this will be a defining screen version of Anna Karenina.”

Universal Pictures markets and distributes films internationally through Universal Pictures International (UPI), which officially began doing business on January 1, 2007. In the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, German-speaking Switzerland, Benelux, Russia, Australia, Mexico and France, UPI directly markets and distributes movies through our local offices, creating campaigns and release strategies that respond to the culture and market behavior of those territories. In other parts of the world, Universal distributes through Paramount’s local offices as it transitions out of the formerly shared UIP model. In some smaller territories we continue to work through UIP on theatrical distribution.

Working Title Films, co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner since 1992, is one of the world’s leading film production companies. Founded in 1983, Working Title has made nearly 100 films that have grossed over $4.5 billion worldwide. Its films have won 6 Academy Awards, 26 BAFTA Awards, and prestigious prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals. In addition to Anna Karenina, the 2011/2012 slate includes Tomas Alfredson’s thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Tom Hardy; Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale; Asif Kapadia’s Senna, the company’s first documentary feature, about legendary race car driver Ayrton Senna; Rowan Atkinson in Johnny English Reborn, directed by Oliver Parker; and Ken Kwapis’ Everybody Loves Whales, starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski.

Focus Features and Focus Features International (www.focusfeatures.com) comprise a singular global company. This worldwide studio makes original and daring films that challenge the mainstream to embrace and enjoy voices and visions from around the world that deliver global commercial success. The company operates as Focus Features in North America, and as Focus Features International (FFI) in the rest of the world.

In addition to Anna Karenina, and Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy, current and upcoming Focus releases include John Madden’s espionage thriller The Debt, which is currently #2 at the U.S. box office; Lone Scherfig’s romance One Day, based on the bestselling novel, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess; writer/director Dee Rees’ contemporary drama Pariah, which screens next week at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival; the untitled film written and directed by Paul Weitz and starring two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Paul Dano; Lorene Scafaria’s pre-apocalyptic comedic romance Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley; Moonrise Kingdom, the new feature from Wes Anderson, starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman; Sam Fell and Chris Butler’s ParaNorman, the new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA; and the historical tale Hyde Park on Hudson, directed by Roger Michell and starring Academy Award nominees Bill Murray and Laura Linney.

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  1. Emily Watson is filming “Little Boy” at this very moment and there’s never been any information on her IMDB page about participation in this project.

    On the other hand, Saoirse Ronan, who is indeed on the list of actors for “Anna Karenina” is not included here.

    Something’s does not feel right.

  2. Emily Watson is filming “Little Boy” at this very moment and there’s never been any information on her IMDB page about participation in this project.

    On the other hand, Saoirse Ronan, who is indeed on the list of actors for “Anna Karenina” is not included here.

    Something’s does not feel right.

  3. So it will be released in 2012…this season barely started, and could we already have the next one’s frontrunner ? The Focus-Wright-Knightley combination accompanied by a Stoppard screenplay sound pretty bestpicturey to me…

  4. So it will be released in 2012…this season barely started, and could we already have the next one’s frontrunner ? The Focus-Wright-Knightley combination accompanied by a Stoppard screenplay sound pretty bestpicturey to me…

  5. It’s strange that Saoirse Ronan wasn’t mentioned in the VERY detailed press release. Probably scheduling conflicts, ones they all hope to work out, otherwise there would have been a new Kitty announced, considering basically every other casting is mentioned in this.

  6. It’s strange that Saoirse Ronan wasn’t mentioned in the VERY detailed press release. Probably scheduling conflicts, ones they all hope to work out, otherwise there would have been a new Kitty announced, considering basically every other casting is mentioned in this.

  7. Gentle Benj

    Wright, Stoppard, and Tolstoy? Yes please, in large helpings.

  8. Gentle Benj

    Wright, Stoppard, and Tolstoy? Yes please, in large helpings.

  9. Yes please, in large helpings.

    180 minutes, fine by me,

  10. Yes please, in large helpings.

    180 minutes, fine by me,

  11. Can’t. freaking. wait…

  12. Can’t. freaking. wait…

  13. Oh great, that’s all we need. I had hope for Wright after Hanna. It kind of erased the bad taste in my mouth left by the dreadful Atonement, and I was really hoping he was going to carry on like that. Shame he is not, and that he is trying to come up with another generic Oscar bait (I love the repetitive use of Academy Award – 9 times – in the first half of this release. They couldn’t really make it more obvious), butchering on the way another great book.
    But I guess it’s all about balance, for every great Andrea Arnold or Steve McQueen reinventing British cinema, you need a Tom Hooper or a Joe Wright producing some polished turds selling a picturesque Britain to Americans.

  14. Oh great, that’s all we need. I had hope for Wright after Hanna. It kind of erased the bad taste in my mouth left by the dreadful Atonement, and I was really hoping he was going to carry on like that. Shame he is not, and that he is trying to come up with another generic Oscar bait (I love the repetitive use of Academy Award – 9 times – in the first half of this release. They couldn’t really make it more obvious), butchering on the way another great book.
    But I guess it’s all about balance, for every great Andrea Arnold or Steve McQueen reinventing British cinema, you need a Tom Hooper or a Joe Wright producing some polished turds selling a picturesque Britain to Americans.

  15. Jeremie, you disappoint me, I expected your usual Atonement/Wright/Knightley trashtalk at least in the first 5 comments. You are already calling it a ‘polished turd’ but what is even more interesting, I have no idea what kind of ‘picturesque Britain’ are you expecting from Anna Karenina which is set in Russia…

    By the way, great to hear Wuthering Heights and Shame getting great reviews in Venice. I’ve been looking forward to these two films for at least a year or so. I loved Fish Tank and Hunger…I guess the fact that Michael Fassbender starred in BOTH, pretty much proves he is the real deal.

  16. Jeremie, you disappoint me, I expected your usual Atonement/Wright/Knightley trashtalk at least in the first 5 comments. You are already calling it a ‘polished turd’ but what is even more interesting, I have no idea what kind of ‘picturesque Britain’ are you expecting from Anna Karenina which is set in Russia…

    By the way, great to hear Wuthering Heights and Shame getting great reviews in Venice. I’ve been looking forward to these two films for at least a year or so. I loved Fish Tank and Hunger…I guess the fact that Michael Fassbender starred in BOTH, pretty much proves he is the real deal.

  17. hey, i really liked atonement! i can’t wait for this, it sounds awesome

  18. hey, i really liked atonement! i can’t wait for this, it sounds awesome

  19. And for a film by a truly great British director, check out Tyrannosaur (trailer here). I guess Paddy Considine is not just a great actor, and Olivia Colman not just a funny-silly TV actress. I don’t know if it has a release date in the US, but even so, like Wuthering Heights and Shame, it will probably slip under the radar in terms of Oscar. Who needs a truly challenging British cinema when you’ve got digestible crap by Wright, Hooper & Co?

  20. And for a film by a truly great British director, check out Tyrannosaur (trailer here). I guess Paddy Considine is not just a great actor, and Olivia Colman not just a funny-silly TV actress. I don’t know if it has a release date in the US, but even so, like Wuthering Heights and Shame, it will probably slip under the radar in terms of Oscar. Who needs a truly challenging British cinema when you’ve got digestible crap by Wright, Hooper & Co?

  21. I have no idea what kind of ‘picturesque Britain’ are you expecting from Anna Karenina which is set in Russia…

    I didn’t know that. Tell me more.
    Picturesque Russia then. The setting doesn’t really matter with Wright. It will be right up the Academy’s street. And it will be soulless.

  22. I have no idea what kind of ‘picturesque Britain’ are you expecting from Anna Karenina which is set in Russia…

    I didn’t know that. Tell me more.
    Picturesque Russia then. The setting doesn’t really matter with Wright. It will be right up the Academy’s street. And it will be soulless.

  23. Thanks for the tip, I’ll check it out. I’m hoping that the positive Venice-word will secure US-distribution and 2011-release date for both Shame and Wuthering Heights and then it will be up to the Academy members. Unfortunately I see your point about the shaky Oscar-chances in both cases : sex and realism are not exactly the Academy’s things, I can see a bunch of old voters not even giving a chance to Shame, considering it appalling for depicting sex addiction realistically and deeming Wuthering Heights boring because it is way too artistic, dialogueless filled with unlikeable characters. Hmm, newsflash to any critic/voter who complains about the unlikeable characters of Wuthering Heights : they ARE unlikeable originally, that’s how Bronte created them, so if Arnold captured that, she probably captured the essence of the novel, as well….and that would make her the first WH-director who actually “got it”…

  24. Thanks for the tip, I’ll check it out. I’m hoping that the positive Venice-word will secure US-distribution and 2011-release date for both Shame and Wuthering Heights and then it will be up to the Academy members. Unfortunately I see your point about the shaky Oscar-chances in both cases : sex and realism are not exactly the Academy’s things, I can see a bunch of old voters not even giving a chance to Shame, considering it appalling for depicting sex addiction realistically and deeming Wuthering Heights boring because it is way too artistic, dialogueless filled with unlikeable characters. Hmm, newsflash to any critic/voter who complains about the unlikeable characters of Wuthering Heights : they ARE unlikeable originally, that’s how Bronte created them, so if Arnold captured that, she probably captured the essence of the novel, as well….and that would make her the first WH-director who actually “got it”…

  25. cannot wait! great director/ensemble combo

  26. cannot wait! great director/ensemble combo

  27. Funnily enough, I just saw on deadline this article about the eagerly awaited Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables. Which also happens to be produced by Working Title, and which will also be released in the second half of 2012. With so much shit on screen at the same time, the world might just collide. And Working Title will definitely be accountable on Judgement Day.

  28. Funnily enough, I just saw on deadline this article about the eagerly awaited Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables. Which also happens to be produced by Working Title, and which will also be released in the second half of 2012. With so much shit on screen at the same time, the world might just collide. And Working Title will definitely be accountable on Judgement Day.

  29. We disagree about Joe Wright…let’s leave it at that. We’ve been arguing about this for a while now, let’s just agree to disagree.

  30. We disagree about Joe Wright…let’s leave it at that. We’ve been arguing about this for a while now, let’s just agree to disagree.

  31. Squasher88

    Atonement was a good film. Chill out Jeremie, we have no idea what the film is gonna be like yet! As phantom said, it’s not even set in “picturesque Britain”

  32. Squasher88

    Atonement was a good film. Chill out Jeremie, we have no idea what the film is gonna be like yet! As phantom said, it’s not even set in “picturesque Britain”

  33. Atonement was pure soulless eye-candy. Just absolute crap. An autodafé of McEwan’s sublime book would have been less of an insult.
    But as I said above Hanna was surprisingly good. Bold, quirky and unpretentious. Wright was obviously helped by a perfect cast and a stunning work by his DP, but he nonetheless showed some talent and a great eye to capture European urban life. Hence my disappointment that he is coming back to his annual already-made costume drama ready to feed Academy members.

  34. Atonement was pure soulless eye-candy. Just absolute crap. An autodafé of McEwan’s sublime book would have been less of an insult.
    But as I said above Hanna was surprisingly good. Bold, quirky and unpretentious. Wright was obviously helped by a perfect cast and a stunning work by his DP, but he nonetheless showed some talent and a great eye to capture European urban life. Hence my disappointment that he is coming back to his annual already-made costume drama ready to feed Academy members.

  35. “…unpretentious..”

    I liked Hanna as well, but you are sorely mistaken if you are using this word to describe it. That movie thought it was much more original and better written than it actually was.

  36. “…unpretentious..”

    I liked Hanna as well, but you are sorely mistaken if you are using this word to describe it. That movie thought it was much more original and better written than it actually was.

  37. Jeremie, it might help the quality of these discussions if you placed the crucial “In my opinion / I think” part in front of things like “Atonement was pure soulless eye-candy. Just absolute crap.”

    Sure, you think it was crap, you have every right to think that and say that, state your opinion etc. but please don’t state it like it’s a fact, because it isn’t. It is your subjective opinion and I for one, always appreciate a subjective, different take on something, I just don’t like when someone considers his/her highly arguable personal opinion a fact and others’ clueless rubbish . It’s simply not fair.

  38. Jeremie, it might help the quality of these discussions if you placed the crucial “In my opinion / I think” part in front of things like “Atonement was pure soulless eye-candy. Just absolute crap.”

    Sure, you think it was crap, you have every right to think that and say that, state your opinion etc. but please don’t state it like it’s a fact, because it isn’t. It is your subjective opinion and I for one, always appreciate a subjective, different take on something, I just don’t like when someone considers his/her highly arguable personal opinion a fact and others’ clueless rubbish . It’s simply not fair.

  39. Tero Heikkinen

    I’m with Jeremie here. Hanna was way better than Atonement which I consider to be one of the worst Best Picture nominees in years. ‘Soulless’, that’s what I thought, too.

  40. Tero Heikkinen

    I’m with Jeremie here. Hanna was way better than Atonement which I consider to be one of the worst Best Picture nominees in years. ‘Soulless’, that’s what I thought, too.

  41. “one of the worst Best Picture nominees in years.”

    Is it really that bad? I haven’t gotten around to seeing it (trying to change that soon) but it can’t have been as undeserving as The Blind Side and The Sixth Sense, right?

  42. “one of the worst Best Picture nominees in years.”

    Is it really that bad? I haven’t gotten around to seeing it (trying to change that soon) but it can’t have been as undeserving as The Blind Side and The Sixth Sense, right?

  43. Tero Heikkinen

    Well, I like The Sixth Sense quite a bit, but The Blind Side is bad, too.

  44. Tero Heikkinen

    Well, I like The Sixth Sense quite a bit, but The Blind Side is bad, too.

  45. I am dizzy thinking about how many Oscar nominations and possible victories Anna Karenina will receive. The first rate quality of the artistic team is staggering. Anna Karenina will be the dominant force of the 2013 Oscar awards season.

  46. I am dizzy thinking about how many Oscar nominations and possible victories Anna Karenina will receive. The first rate quality of the artistic team is staggering. Anna Karenina will be the dominant force of the 2013 Oscar awards season.

  47. keira YES AAron yummy Juse not so much lol

  48. keira YES AAron yummy Juse not so much lol

  49. Gentle Benj

    Is it really that bad? I haven’t gotten around to seeing it (trying to change that soon) but it can’t have been as undeserving as The Blind Side and The Sixth Sense, right?

    It was the only perfect film of 2007.

  50. Gentle Benj

    Is it really that bad? I haven’t gotten around to seeing it (trying to change that soon) but it can’t have been as undeserving as The Blind Side and The Sixth Sense, right?

    It was the only perfect film of 2007.

  51. I loved Atonement, but I’d rather see something new and different. How many Anna Karenina‘s are there anyway? The one I’ve watched most was the Sophie Marceau/Sean Bean one. Guess why. :) Anyway, it just makes me think of all the things that can go wrong and how much it will cost. All for a retread. Pfft. This sounds like a waste of talent/time/money, imo.

  52. I loved Atonement, but I’d rather see something new and different. How many Anna Karenina‘s are there anyway? The one I’ve watched most was the Sophie Marceau/Sean Bean one. Guess why. :) Anyway, it just makes me think of all the things that can go wrong and how much it will cost. All for a retread. Pfft. This sounds like a waste of talent/time/money, imo.

  53. atonement is an excellent film. and the critic’s agree http://www.metacritic.com/movie/atonement . Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of course but there are too many beautiful shots in this film (including that ridiculously amazing long take by wright) not to at least admire “atonement” even if you disliked aspects about it.

    as for “anna Karenina… there isn’t a strong definitive version yet so i’m all for this adaptation

  54. atonement is an excellent film. and the critic’s agree http://www.metacritic.com/movie/atonement . Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of course but there are too many beautiful shots in this film (including that ridiculously amazing long take by wright) not to at least admire “atonement” even if you disliked aspects about it.

    as for “anna Karenina… there isn’t a strong definitive version yet so i’m all for this adaptation

  55. Jeremie: We get it… You hate Wright and company….

  56. Jeremie: We get it… You hate Wright and company….

  57. I thought Atonement was absolutely outstanding! And the fact that there are such contrasting opinions about it flying around only confirms the film’s greatness.

    “Hanna” was really entertaining and I still make love with that Chemical Brothers soundtrack.

    I cannot wait for a Wright-Blanchett reunion. Hope “Indian Summer” does materialize in a couple of years.

  58. I thought Atonement was absolutely outstanding! And the fact that there are such contrasting opinions about it flying around only confirms the film’s greatness.

    “Hanna” was really entertaining and I still make love with that Chemical Brothers soundtrack.

    I cannot wait for a Wright-Blanchett reunion. Hope “Indian Summer” does materialize in a couple of years.

  59. “It was the only perfect film of 2007.”

    Ratatouille? The Diving Bell and the Butterfly? Knocked Up?

  60. “It was the only perfect film of 2007.”

    Ratatouille? The Diving Bell and the Butterfly? Knocked Up?

  61. “It was the only perfect film of 2007.”

    4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
    12:08 East Of Bucharest
    The Assassination of Jesse James
    Control
    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
    The Golden Door
    Into The Wild
    The Lives of Others
    This Is England
    Zodiac
    There Will Be Blood
    No Country for Old Men
    Persepolis
    Away from Her
    The Wind That Shakes the Barley
    Lady Chatterley
    Red Road
    Lust, Caution
    In Paris
    We Own the Night
    Love Songs
    La Graine et le Mulet
    Tout est pardonné

    ….

    You should watch more films, Gentle Benj.

  62. “It was the only perfect film of 2007.”

    4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
    12:08 East Of Bucharest
    The Assassination of Jesse James
    Control
    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
    The Golden Door
    Into The Wild
    The Lives of Others
    This Is England
    Zodiac
    There Will Be Blood
    No Country for Old Men
    Persepolis
    Away from Her
    The Wind That Shakes the Barley
    Lady Chatterley
    Red Road
    Lust, Caution
    In Paris
    We Own the Night
    Love Songs
    La Graine et le Mulet
    Tout est pardonné

    ….

    You should watch more films, Gentle Benj.

  63. Joao Mattos

    Didn’t see all the previous “Karenina” version (guess nobody in the world could did that) but all that I saw, are dumb, specially the1997 one with Marceu and Bean (only decent thing is the acting by Mia Kirshner and Alfred Molina). Don’t have expectations for this Wright project, and not just because of the disapointment with the other versions, is because with the exception of “Pride”, Knightley never seems a good actress to me.

  64. Joao Mattos

    Didn’t see all the previous “Karenina” version (guess nobody in the world could did that) but all that I saw, are dumb, specially the1997 one with Marceu and Bean (only decent thing is the acting by Mia Kirshner and Alfred Molina). Don’t have expectations for this Wright project, and not just because of the disapointment with the other versions, is because with the exception of “Pride”, Knightley never seems a good actress to me.

  65. @ jeremie

    i agree wholeheartedly with Jeremie… 2007 was an outstanding year

  66. @ jeremie

    i agree wholeheartedly with Jeremie… 2007 was an outstanding year

  67. Gentle Benj

    You should watch more films, Gentle Benj.

    Because surely if someone disagrees with you, it’s because they’re poorly read. You’re out of your element, Donnie.

  68. Gentle Benj

    You should watch more films, Gentle Benj.

    Because surely if someone disagrees with you, it’s because they’re poorly read. You’re out of your element, Donnie.

  69. @ gentle benj….

    haha you crack me up (seriously, no smurkiness or sarcasm intended) i just think he was making the argument that 2007 was a pretty flippin’ fantastic year. either you didn’t see a lot of those movies (if that’s the case you should) and if you did see them and didn’t like them i think you’re missing something. i’m having a hard time remembering a year better (2010 was pretty darn good at the top) in the last 10-15 years. There will be blood, assassination of jesse james, no country, and 4 months, 3 weeks, etc were all pretty perfect to me. I’d have “atonement” in the range of #8-12 film of 2007. still very good.

  70. @ gentle benj….

    haha you crack me up (seriously, no smurkiness or sarcasm intended) i just think he was making the argument that 2007 was a pretty flippin’ fantastic year. either you didn’t see a lot of those movies (if that’s the case you should) and if you did see them and didn’t like them i think you’re missing something. i’m having a hard time remembering a year better (2010 was pretty darn good at the top) in the last 10-15 years. There will be blood, assassination of jesse james, no country, and 4 months, 3 weeks, etc were all pretty perfect to me. I’d have “atonement” in the range of #8-12 film of 2007. still very good.

  71. Gentle Benj

    No doubt, 2007 had lots of great films. What sets ATONEMENT apart is its flawless balance of thematic and emotional impact. Several of the most acclaimed films of that year prioritized the thesis of the auteur well above the experience of the audience. The most extreme example of that was THERE WILL BE BLOOD. Anderson explores some powerful ideas, and does so without sinking to polemic, which is commendable. His use of the frame and subtext in dialogue to communicate his points is admirable. But it’s 2 1/2 hours spent in the company of people who are either disgusting, or non-entities. I do not have such a high opinion of Anderson’s insights, nor place such a low value on my own time, that I consider that a perfect movie experience.

    Other movies on Jeremie’s list come closer. I had a lot of 9/10 IMDb ratings that year. But ATONEMENT remains the only 10.

  72. Gentle Benj

    No doubt, 2007 had lots of great films. What sets ATONEMENT apart is its flawless balance of thematic and emotional impact. Several of the most acclaimed films of that year prioritized the thesis of the auteur well above the experience of the audience. The most extreme example of that was THERE WILL BE BLOOD. Anderson explores some powerful ideas, and does so without sinking to polemic, which is commendable. His use of the frame and subtext in dialogue to communicate his points is admirable. But it’s 2 1/2 hours spent in the company of people who are either disgusting, or non-entities. I do not have such a high opinion of Anderson’s insights, nor place such a low value on my own time, that I consider that a perfect movie experience.

    Other movies on Jeremie’s list come closer. I had a lot of 9/10 IMDb ratings that year. But ATONEMENT remains the only 10.

  73. Atonement was fabulous, so beautiful, so perfect.

    However, I am very disapointed in this new version of AK! Another classic remake, how dare he, how dare Keira? Play something Garbo did?? please, she did it in a silent and talkie version, she was so beautiful in the silent, the cameras practically disentegrated filming her! Not to mention her and John Gilbert were so in love at the time their love scenes went on even when the cameras stopped rolling, they had so much chemistry they could set an entire forest ablaze with no match! There is no way anyone can recapture that chemistry and no one can play it like Garbo..this is another classic remake disgrace!

  74. Atonement was fabulous, so beautiful, so perfect.

    However, I am very disapointed in this new version of AK! Another classic remake, how dare he, how dare Keira? Play something Garbo did?? please, she did it in a silent and talkie version, she was so beautiful in the silent, the cameras practically disentegrated filming her! Not to mention her and John Gilbert were so in love at the time their love scenes went on even when the cameras stopped rolling, they had so much chemistry they could set an entire forest ablaze with no match! There is no way anyone can recapture that chemistry and no one can play it like Garbo..this is another classic remake disgrace!

  75. Great material. Wright is the man for the job and so is Knightley. Dont know about Law… But i cant complain.

  76. Great material. Wright is the man for the job and so is Knightley. Dont know about Law… But i cant complain.

  77. Wow. This could be good. I’m conflicted about Knightly. But Wright’s romantic sensibility with Stoppard’s smarts sounds like a great combo for a Tolstoy adaptation.

  78. Wow. This could be good. I’m conflicted about Knightly. But Wright’s romantic sensibility with Stoppard’s smarts sounds like a great combo for a Tolstoy adaptation.

  79. Wow. Just looked up thread. Didn’t realize such a debate had flared about Atonement. I loved the novel. I thought the first section of the film was pretty masterful. But, for me, the film lost it’s way. McAvoy and Ronan were wonderful, but I just could not get past Knightly’s chilly, clenched jaw (yes, I said it) performance. Which is odd, because she impressed me very much in Pride and Prejudice. So I’m rather hot and cold with her. Bottom line: I have my doubts about Wright and Knightly, but Stoppard is gold gold gold and I’ll go where he leads. Also, Jude has been, I think, exercising his already solid actor muscles on stage the last couple years. So I think he’s primed for an old school, old fashioned romantic leading part with swoony dialogue, stuffy costumes, etc.

  80. Wow. Just looked up thread. Didn’t realize such a debate had flared about Atonement. I loved the novel. I thought the first section of the film was pretty masterful. But, for me, the film lost it’s way. McAvoy and Ronan were wonderful, but I just could not get past Knightly’s chilly, clenched jaw (yes, I said it) performance. Which is odd, because she impressed me very much in Pride and Prejudice. So I’m rather hot and cold with her. Bottom line: I have my doubts about Wright and Knightly, but Stoppard is gold gold gold and I’ll go where he leads. Also, Jude has been, I think, exercising his already solid actor muscles on stage the last couple years. So I think he’s primed for an old school, old fashioned romantic leading part with swoony dialogue, stuffy costumes, etc.

  81. Actually when you come right down to it Knightley is really perfect for this role. It’s been awhile since I’ve read Anna but when i think about what Tolstoi wrote and how he described Anna Knightley just seems the perfect choice. I happened to love Pride and Prejudice and hated Atonement. I don’t think Joe Wright could do any worst than Duvivier did with the Leigh version in 1948. I’ve seen the Garbo versions and I have to admit Garbo is truly the quintessential Karenina to date. Wonder how daring Garbo would be if she were of the age where she could play Karenina now. I bet she’d have a field day. I think that Jude Law will do just fine as Karenin but I think that Aaron Johnson is going to be the clinker in this and it his casting could very well make Karenina similar to Atonement. Aaron Johnson aka James MacAvoy. I’m sorry but I just never bought into the MacAvoy Knightley romance in Atonement. I don’t think I’m gonna buy into the Knightley Johnson thing either. I may be really wrong but Johnson just doesn’t sell Vronsky to me at all.

  82. Actually when you come right down to it Knightley is really perfect for this role. It’s been awhile since I’ve read Anna but when i think about what Tolstoi wrote and how he described Anna Knightley just seems the perfect choice. I happened to love Pride and Prejudice and hated Atonement. I don’t think Joe Wright could do any worst than Duvivier did with the Leigh version in 1948. I’ve seen the Garbo versions and I have to admit Garbo is truly the quintessential Karenina to date. Wonder how daring Garbo would be if she were of the age where she could play Karenina now. I bet she’d have a field day. I think that Jude Law will do just fine as Karenin but I think that Aaron Johnson is going to be the clinker in this and it his casting could very well make Karenina similar to Atonement. Aaron Johnson aka James MacAvoy. I’m sorry but I just never bought into the MacAvoy Knightley romance in Atonement. I don’t think I’m gonna buy into the Knightley Johnson thing either. I may be really wrong but Johnson just doesn’t sell Vronsky to me at all.

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