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In conjunction with our new Literary Adaptations issue, BW/DR editors Andrew Root, Fran Hoepfner and Lauren Wilford take a look at Joe Wright’s 2012 adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel, Anna Karenina. How does an 800+ page, multi-part book make the transition to a two-hour long film? Is it even possible to adapt Tolstoy in a way that will satisfy audiences? We discuss Wright’s directorial flourishes, the casting of Keira Knightley, Aaron Taylor-Johnston, and Jude Law, whether the film works intellectually, emotionally, both or neither—and the often severe critical response to this story of love, longing, betrayal, family, loyalty and “janky attractions” to young cavalry officers. Does this version deserve love, or should it throw itself beneath the wheels of the train? Listen to find out!