In honor of Robin Bridge's The Morning Star tour, Elliot and I have put together two posts about Russian film adaptations and Russian literature.
Check out Elliot's Russian Literature post first, than our official post for The Morning Star, and than this!
First, you can reread the trilogy! Start over with The Gathering Storm, and relive all of the drama and intrigue of all three books!
Or, you can check out Elliot's post about Russian literature and try some new titles!
But if you're like me, you might be in more of a visual mood. Why not check out some film adaptations of Russian Literature? There are plenty of film adaptations, but I've compiled my top five film adaptations below.
5. War and Peace (1956)
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Mel Ferrer
However, this didn't stop King Vidor from attempting to adapt the book into a film in 1956. The production is a little under four hours, and it's spectacular. The film beautifully details the French invasion of Russia in 1812, as seen through the eyes of five aristocratic families.
With an all-star cast including Audrey Hepburn as Natasha Rostova, you will not want to miss this. I first saw this film when I was eight - yes, my parents were weird - and it's stayed with me ever since.
4. Doctor Zhivago (2002)
Starring: Keira Knightley, Sam Neil and Hans Matheson
Keira plays Larissa Guishar Antipova in the adaptation of the Boris Pasternak novel of the same name, a young woman from Moscow who has tempestuous relationships with three different men.
The adaptation isn't as true to the book, but it's beautifully shot, and all of the actors do an excellent job of conveying the story. The soundtrack is also one of the most beautiful ones I've ever heard.
3. Onegin (1999)
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Liv Tyler, Toby Stephens and Lena Headey
The film features Fiennes as Eugene Onegin, who realizes too late that he may in fact, love a woman who is now unavailable to him.
Ralph Fiennes's sister Martha directed the film, and it's spectacular and beautiful all around.
2. The Brothers Karazmov (1958)
Starring: Yul Brynner, Claire Bloom and Maria Schell
So I think that this makes the 1958 adaptation starring Yul Brynner (The King and I) is even more impressive. It's not a perfect film, but definitely an impressive feat for its time.
1. Anna Karenina (2012)
Starring: Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson
Everything about the film is fantastic, but my favorite part? The fact that it all takes place in a theatre.
The production had originally been prepared to film in Russia, but Joe apparently decided it would be cool to have the film be portrayed as a story that everyone is watching. This decision really heightens the idea that Anna's life is essentially being scrutinized in a bubble.
Thanks to the generosity of Nicole and Random House, a DVD copy of Anna Karenina will also be included with the massive giveaway that we've listed on our review page!
Check it out here and ENTER!