Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 12:43 pm
By Amy Morgan
Thanksgiving happens every year. Every year. Yet this big holiday manages to sneak up on us sometimes. Yes, it's a little early this year (November's fourth Thursday falls on the 22nd rather than, say, the 28th), and maybe those couple of extra shopping days before Christmas will be a good thing. But if you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner, it's scramble time.
Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina weighs in at close to 1,000 pages, whatever the translation. And since it appeared in the 1870s, it has often been acclaimed as one of the finest novels ever written. It's also been adapted for film or television at least a dozen times — including a sweeping and highly theatrical new version directed by Joe Wright.
Keira Knightley plays the unhappily married Anna, with Jude Law as her chilly, correct husband, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Count Vronsky, the dashing cavalry officer whose love for Anna leads to tragedy.
In 1942, the legendary actor John Barrymore prowled the stage of an empty Broadway theater to prepare for an audition. He wanted to revive his first great performance as Richard III, but that night, Barrymore also opened the traveling trunk of his overstuffed, fabulous and troubled life.
Christopher Plummer won the Tony Award for best actor for his performance of this lion of the stage. Now, he's committed that performance to film.