You Want A Piece Of This Period Film

The lush costume design found on Keira Knightley leaves little to be desired in this steamy, romantic adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece, Anna Karenina.

Anna Karenina

That hat, that scarf, that dress!

Our first thought upon seeing Tolstoy's masterpiece brought to the big screen in the first major U.S. production in more than a decade is...

Where can we get that hat? And that dress? Ooh-la-la! The costumes alone are going to make the new film adaptation of Anna Karenina worth watching.

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With costume design by British designer Jacqueline Durran, audiences are in for the kind of buttoned-up wardrobe that makes for the steamiest of romances. The film is set in chilly 19th century Russia, which means Durran will be mixing a bit of Victorian fashion with some powerful Eastern flare. Gorgeous hats, furs, luscious adornments and fabulous dresses are sure to be out in full form.

Durran received an Oscar nomination for her work on the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice, also starring Knightley as well as Matthew Macfadyen and Donald Sutherland. Durran has also designed for the films Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Atonement.

Anna Karenina

Hello, Count Vronsky

The new trailer shows Anna in an icy world where only one man understands her—and that man is not her husband, Alexei Karenin, played by Jude Law.

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Instead, Anna's heart belongs to the passionate cavalry officer Count Vronsky, played by relative newcomer Aaron Johnson, who has previously appeared in The Illusionist and Nowhere Boy.

Rich costumes with an even richer story make for a indulgent film, although we hope some of the best parts of the movie are with no costumes at all.

Anna Karenina

Atonement director Joe Wright helms this adaptation, which releases into theaters Nov. 16.

Photo credit: Focus Features

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Katie September 20, 2012 | 5:27 PM

As if it weren't enough that this was one of Tolstoy's best works, it's being directed by Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice) and the screenplay's by Tom Stoppard? If there's anyone I trust to conserve the rich meaning in Tolstoy's dialogue through both translation and screen-adaptation, it's Stoppard. I'm so excited!

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