The Straits Times
Published on Nov 16, 2012

No definitive version of Anna Karenina: Knightley


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Film adaptations of Anna Karenina have featured the likes of Greta Garbo and Vivien Leigh, but Keira Knightley isn't fazed about measuring up to such silver screen luminaries with a new cinematic take on Leo Tolstoy's classic novel.

The British actress's turn in the title role in the timeless story about a beautiful married socialite in 1870s Russia who embarks on a passionate affair with a cavalry officer, follows the 1935 version starring Garbo and the 1948 film with Leigh. It is released in the United States on Friday.

"Although there have been many famous actresses play her, there's never been a definitive version of Anna Karenina," Knightley said in an interview.

"I think it's partly because of the relationship you have with the character. She poses more questions than she answers, so it's always open to different interpretation."