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How true to the original book is this movie?


I have to read this book for school and I like to see movies of books to get the gist of them before reading the books. Anyone know how true to the original story this movie is?

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not very true watch the 1977 or 1967 adaptation they are very faitfull.

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The film is quite accurate when it concerns everything that happens to *Anna*. Her conversations, her actions, her emotions are very well portrayed and the film focuses on her. However, the book is just as much about Levin as it is about Anna, perhaps, even more. Levin's search for meaning in his life, his love for Kitty, his moral struggles, his questions about God and death take up at least half the book. And the movie gives us just a very small glimpse of that because it keep Anna in the foreground. In the book, Levin's relationships and choices balance out Anna's, they create a contrast. In the movie, he's just a secondary character.

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The TV version with Douglas Henshall as Levin tells much more of his story. Helen McCrory is Anna and Kevin McKidd is Vronsky -- quite a good version.


Virginia

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read the book.

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The 1977 miniseries is closer to the book. This version left out many scenes, to cram it into a few hours. After watching all of the English version, I think the 1997 BBC/Masterpiece version is the best, for acting and for remaining true to the book.

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