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Keira Knightley Shines In "Anna Karenina"

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Nov. 16 2012, Published 11:56 a.m. ET

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Keira Knightley stars as the tragic heroine of the famed Tolstoy novel Anna Karenina. Anna, the wife of a powerful bureaucrat (Jude Law), goes to Moscow to help her brother (Matthew MacFadyen) repair his marriage. There, she meets the dashing Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and begins the passionate affair that will prove to be her downfall.

Director Joe Wright brings a unique gimmick to this sweeping romantic tale, setting much of it on the stage of a 19th-century theater, then opening it up to include the backstage, audience area and even the lobby before moving it out into the snowy Russian countryside.

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But he keeps bringing it back to the theater, in fascinatingly imaginative ways, making it both purposely stagey and emotionally real.

Knightley shimmers, Law glowers and Taylor-Johnson is the kind of eye candy any woman would ruin her life for.

Long story short: Classic literature gets a boost in this engrossing tale!

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