Monday, December 03, 2012
I went to see the new movie Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightley as Anna, Jude Law as Karenin, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the beautiful Count Vronsky. The acting is outstanding.
If you go to the opera, this movie will seem pretty normal to you. If you don't, well what can I say. Much of the filming takes place inside an old theater. Remind you of anything? Like last summer's Atilla where each act was in a different falling down theater. At least in the movie there wasn't another movie playing in the background. And the Met's The Tempest was similarly staged inside of a theater instead of on an island.
The back of the theater would open and suddenly you would be outdoors somewhere, always a different place each time. Like the end of Giulio Cesare in Salzburg.
There is some pretty peculiar looking waltzing, trains and horse racing that ran through the theater. I haven't seen horse racing in an opera. Yet. I read somewhere that many of the images were from paintings. I felt right at home.