Anna Karenina on Film, pt. 2

Tolstoy famously opens his first novel thus*: ‘All happy families are alike; each happy family is unhappy in its own way.’

I tend to see this not as settled aphoristic wisdom, but as a thesis the novel will explore and attempt to prove. Whether it does so or not is an open question.

What will remain of this exploration in a film witlessly described as an ‘epic love story’?

If anyone had bothered to read the novel, they would have seen that it is precisely, deliberately not ‘epic’.

*By the way, that is why Anna Karenina is, by his own testimony, Tolstoy’s first novel.


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