Anna Karenina + Blue
"The reason I love working with Jacqueline Durran (the costumer also for Pride & Prejudice and Atonement) is she works from a character base, and everything is full of symbolism. We viewed Anna as a bird trapped in a cage. Her veils and corsets are like cages. Anna wore fur and for me it signified that she was suffocating herself in dead skin, trapping herself, making her own cage.She wears diamonds, the hardest stone that could cut her throat at any second. We wanted sex to be part of the symbolism as well, so a lot of the dresses were based on a lingerie idea with bed lace poking out. We used bed-linen fabric in one of the dresses to keep that post-coital vibe in it. The last dress Anna is seen in was based on a couple of paintings we studied of the fall of the Whore of Babylon.”
“Steps were heard at the door, and Princess Betsy, knowing it was Madame Karenina, glanced at Vronsky. He was looking toward the door, and his face wore a strange new expression. Joyfully, intently, and at the same time timidly, he gazed at the approaching figure, and slowly he rose to his feet.” - Anna Karenina
With the insight of a man of the world, from one glance at this lady’s appearance Vronsky classified her as belonging to the best society. He begged pardon, and was getting into the carriage, but felt he must glance at her once more; not that she was very beautiful, not on account of the elegance and modest grace which were apparent in her whole figure, but because in the expression of her charming face, as she passed close by him, there was something peculiarly caressing and soft. As he looked round, she too turned her head. Her shining gray eyes, that looked dark from the thick lashes, rested with friendly attention on his face, as though she were recognizing him, and then promptly turned away to the passing crowd, as though seeking someone.Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, Part I, Chapter XVIII
I’d die for my son. But I can’t live for him like this.
We live in a society with rules. If you break those rules, then the pack turns against you. It doesn’t matter where you live, or when you live, you understand what’s going on for Anna, and what happens to her, and that feeling of being ostracized, and that feeling of being trapped by rules that don’t necessarily fit. The idea that she gets destroyed almost by being the most honest person in the whole film, and it’s that honesty, that lack of inability to live within a lie, that is the thing that leads to her destruction is interesting. I think that’s probably still the same nowadays in a way. Keira Knightley [x]
Anna Karenina (2012)
Fashion in Anna Karenina (2012)
asked by bemagination
Is it really possible to tell someone else what one feels?
anna karenina + blue
“Rummaging in our souls, we often dig up something that ought to have lain there unnoticed. ”
Keira Knightley on the set of Anna Karenina (x)
Joe Wright’s Period Drama’s
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Anna Karenina (2012)
There can be no peace for us, only misery, and the greatest happiness.