Devices & Desires

‘Anna Karenina' & ‘Les Miserables'

Leo Tolstoy hated theater, or at least the more stylized varieties of it. The author of some well-received plays as well as his much more famous novels, the Count despised Shakespeare, ballet, opera, and any art that couldn’t be appreciated by a sensible peasant.

So it’s piquant that the latest cinematic adaptation of Anna Karenina is at its best when it is...

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About the Author

Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.