"The director and screen writer were the biggest faults in this movie!" says rturley
please don't blame bernard rose the director, poor person, he had the intention of making a very good movie, and did it probably, but the studio warner brothers and icon productions started cutting it whilst he was away in London because they thought that it was too horrible or some other nonsense like that. When he came back to hollywood, the movie was so cut that he considered removing his name from it. It was a disaster for him because his reputation was destroyed, and never made any major films after that.
The original version of the film he made is unfindable, though he has been trying to search for it these last nine years.
and though I don't like sophie marceau because she is a very bad actress, I have to say that her french accent is the best thing for the movie, for if you read the book, french was very important at the time in Russia, it was a fashionable language for the leading classes. I am of the opinion that Mia Kirshner's american/canadian accent was heavily distracting because it made the movie appear modern, though I have to say her acting was perfectly adequate. they should have considered dubbing.
"the studio warner brothers and icon productions started cutting it whilst he was away in London because they thought that it was too horrible or some other nonsense like that. When he came back to hollywood, the movie was so cut that he considered removing his name from it."
That would explain the terrible editing and the awkward pace of the film. It's a shame how such a great story, good actors, great and apropriate Tchaikovski soundtrack and a beautiful cinematography resulted in this film, which is little more than average. Studios and their small minds and short sights... While I don't think it as terrible as some people do (I gave it a 6 out of 10), I think it could have been a good epic and romantic film, but it tails off towards the end. The editing turned it into a soap opera, at least after the first hour or so has gone. The last 20 minutes are a lame excuse for an ending.
A film based on one of the most important novels ever deserved better. 108 minutes for a Tolstoy adaptation is a joke.
Whoever edited and decided upon the final cut for this was probably using the same opium as Anna Karenina.
The void is a mirror.