Author: Matthieu Deneuve
One of the worlds’ literature gemstones,
Anna Karenina is one of the
most outstanding stories ever written
about a woman. Tolstoy, with his
masterful writing skills, reveals the everyday life
of the heroine in the shadow of love and passing
away, awakening a wide range of emotions in the
It is a touch on the essence of our human nature.
Lifting and collapsing simultaneously, loving
and hating, it is blessed and miserable, hugs and
repels, listen and disregards, looks and does not
see, live and dies.
This two-volume scaled-down representation of
human life was born from Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy’s
pen between 1873-1877. This is the writer’s
second greatest novel after War and Peace.
The novel’s social and historical context was provided
by the period of Tsar Peter the First’s reign,
and Tolstoy’s encounter with Pushkin’s daughter,
Maria Alexandrovna Hartung, on whom he
based the look of his protagonist. The novel is
about a love story between the married woman,
Anna, and a young offi cer, Vronsky, the success
of which is guaranteed by numerous characters
and interlocking background plot.
Although through the story, their love overcomes
legal and social conventions and is fulfi lled,
it is unable to conquer their own walls raised by
themselves. Therefore, it ends tragically with Anna’s
suicide. Even in the world of theatre, cinema
and ballet the novel has been processed by
several directors. Despite the fact that processing
the novel is a major challenge in terms of its
scope, extraordinary works have been created.
The tragical heroine, Anna Karenina was played
by acting legends, like Vivien Leigh, Greta
Garbo, and Sophie Marceau. The version presented
in 2012 starring Keira Knightley, who
we had already known from the Pride and Prejudice,
was one of the most spectacular processing
which makes the story almost real on the
The costumes were made in different shades of
‘passing’, emphasizing the position and spirit
of the characters in the given scene. The fi lm
is a refl ection of great emotions. There is no
good and no bad. The only one that matters
is the person, with her victories and failures.
With her mistakes and decisions those claim a
high price, but if she does not make them, she
would never be able to live a life of completion.
We are all ‘Annas’ and ‘Vronskys’ in some ways.
Elsewhere and in other ways, but all of us are
looking for the person with whom we want to
travel through life and the purpose we want to
This creation is the artistic implementation of
passing, love, and sensuality. The Butler recommends
it for a thought-provoking relaxation
on cool autumn evenings.