The romantic saga of the ill fated Anna Karenina has played out on film, television and even operas --- this time around director Joe Wright envisioned a different twist and portrayed the epic on a "beautiful decaying theatre" in 1870's Russia via a soundstage at London's Shepperton Studios.
Wright teamed once again with production designer Sarah Greenwood and set decorator Katie Spencer (the trio worked on the period dramas Atonement and Pride & Prejudice) who created the social worlds of St. Petersburg and Moscow in the late 1800s to period perfection in an exhausting 12 week timeframe.
The love affair hits theaters Friday, November 16th. Read more in my piece for The Hollywood Reporter, "$50 Million, 100 Sets and One Stage: The Visual Splendor of Anna Karenina."
|Greenwood was influenced by the popular 1935 Anna K version starring Greta Garbo|
|Anna K's Vivien Leigh in 1948|
|Keira Knightley in the 2012 version|
|Shepperton studio set with copy of heaven room mural at UK's Burghley House|
|Russian Imperial furnishings for the master bedroom on the theatre stage set|
|Ice skating rink was one of the many different types of staged sets that included horse races, opera houses, ballrooms and train stations|
|God is in the Details: Period Perfect Accessories|
|Banana Republic's Anna K Fall collection above and below|
Photo Credits: Focus Features, Banana Republic