Anna Karenina Questions and Answers
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What is the difference between the novel as a text and the 1997 film of Anna Karenina?

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There are several key differences between Leo Tolstoy's epic novel Anna Karenina and the 1997 film adaptation of the same name by director Bernard Rose.

Most prominently, the characters in the novel are portrayed in a much more sympathetic fashion. Anna, who is in a dry marriage, goes to visit her brother Stiva. While there, she is courted by a slick Casanova-type named Count Vronsky. Their love affair is primarily characterized by its conflict with societal mores and rules. Anna is portrayed as imperfect but empathetic, vulnerable yet defiant. She is a complex figure who slowly becomes paranoid and possessive about Vronsky.

However, in the film, the characters are conceived...

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