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V.21 No.49 | 12/6/2012
PETA would not approve, Anna.

Film Review

Anna Karenina

Joe Wright sets the stage for lush, theatrical adaptation of lit classic

By Devin D. O’Leary
Leo Tolstoy’s romantic classic Anna Karenina gets a cheeky, self-consciously theatrical, big-screen redux courtesy of British filmmaker Joe Wright and award-winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard.

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V.19 No.8 | 2/25/2010
“I hope you’re not planning on using the old ‘we’ve run out of gas’ routine. This is, after all, a horse-drawn carriage.”

Film Review

The Last Station

Period biopic mixes the lusty with the literary

By Devin D. O’Leary

Late in life (in his 70s), widely famed Russian novelist Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy (known to his friends as “Leo Baby”) turned his attentions away from fiction and dabbled in the creation of a number of utopian communes. These live/work communes were based on Tolstoy’s own particular philosophyone that espoused nonviolence, the abolition of private property, a strict vegetarian diet and an adherence to the principals of celibacy. (Yeah, sorry, Leo Baby, but you lost me on that last one.) Though the Tolstoyan Movement didn’t last very long, it allegedly influenced the thinking of such latter spiritual leaders as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

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