PopTop review: 'Karenina's' lavish choreography suits its theatrical setting

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Grade • A-

DVD • The best choreography in movies last year wasn't in a musical, but in the scene changes in "Anna Karenina," Joe Wright's spirited adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic Russian novel.

Wright sets "Anna" in an old theater, where sets appear, disappear and transform in a swirl of activity around the actors. It's a perfect setting for Anna (Keira Knightley), who ignores convention by spurning her morally upright husband (Jude Law) for a fling with the handsome Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson).

After all, Anna is constantly on display, performing a prescribed role, for the sake of the Russian gentry sitting in their box seats as they cast judgment and enjoy the show. —

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