November 15, 2012 |
"Anna Karenina," director Joe Wright's startling new vision of the Tolstoy classic, is all dressed up with no place to go. Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the tale of passion and impropriety in Imperial Russian society, circa 1870, the production is bold, sumptuous, ambitious and yet bound by its own self-imposed conventions. In a rash move, Wright has confined most of the sweeping story to a single decaying theater. Literally all of Anna Karenina's world is that stage, its action unfolding in odd nooks and crannies of the ancient structure, much of it on catwalks and along backstage corridors.
November 17, 2012 |
In director Joe Wright's highly stylized adaptation of "Anna Karenina," dance serves as a metaphor for characters' passions and fears. In this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series on Thursday, Wright and his leading lady, Keira Knightley, explain the challenges of executing that vision. The most difficult sequence, Wright and Knightley agreed, was a dramatic ballroom scene staged by Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, involving Anna (Knightley), her paramour Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson)
September 6, 2012 |
Filmmaker Joe Wright, whose movie credits include "Atonement," "Pride and Prejudice" and the upcoming "Anna Karenina" will make his stage directorial debut this coming season at the Donmar Warehouse in London, the company announced this week. Wright is to direct a revival production of "Trelawney of the Wells" by Arthur Wing Pinero, which is set to officially open on Feb. 25. The Donmar's season is also to feature an all-female staging of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," starring Harriet Walter and directed by Phyllida Lloyd; and a revival of Conor McPherson's "The Weir.
November 29, 2012 |
Director Joe Wright's vision for the Leo Tolstoy classic "Anna Karenina" has been called "bold," "daring" and "ambitious" - words that could also be used to describe the effect the director and his leading lady, Keira Knightley, have on each other. "Keira is quite fearless, and she encourages me to go to places I wouldn't necessarily be brave enough to go to myself," says Wright, who proceeded with the film only after Knightley, whom he'd directed to an Oscar nomination in 2005's "Pride and Prejudice," had agreed to take on the lead role.
June 16, 1990
Joe Wright, 37, one of the civil rights workers known as the "Wilmington 10" who were tried for violent acts during protests against racial injustice in Wilmington, N.C., schools. Wright was convicted of firebombing a grocery store in 1971 and shooting at people who tried to extinguish the fire. He served 2 1/2 years in prison before he was paroled June 1, 1978. The conviction was later overturned, and his criminal record was cleared last year.
December 6, 2012 |
The Leo Tolstoy classic "Anna Karenina" has seen its share of adaptations. In its latest turn, from director Joe Wright, the love story gets a bold, creative and visually beautiful reworking of the Russian tale with truly inventive costuming. Starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, Focus Features' film is strikingly original in its setting - the drama is staged on a decaying theater set - which gave Wright's longtime costume designer Jacqueline Durran, [who has been nominated for an Oscar for two previous projects with Wright, "Pride & Prejudice" and "Atonement"]