The Screenplay: Based on the Novel by Leo Tolstoy
By Tom Stoppard
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780345805652, 208pp.)
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY TOM STOPPARD
Our most esteemed living playwright adapts the most famous love story ever written in the screenplay for the new Focus Features film Anna Karenina, directed by Joe Wright, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law.
Tolstoy’s brilliant novel, tracing the tragic love affair between Count Vronsky and the unhappily married Anna, has moved readers for generations. Now, award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard re-imagines what Vladimir Nabokov called “one of the greatest love stories in world literature” for the screen. In an impeccable match of talent between source and adaptation, Stoppard projects Tolstoy’s powerful contrasts between city and country, love and death, happiness and unhappiness. The result is beautiful, stirring, and at once old and new. A special introduction by Stoppard offers a glimpse into the process behind his remarkable interpretation.
Sir Tom Stoppard is the author of numerous plays, including Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, The Real Thing, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, as well as co-writer of the screenplays for Brazil and Shakespeare in Love. He has won one Academy Award and four Tony Awards, and is one of the most internationally performed dramatists of his generation.