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Date: 1/10/13 4:54 PM

The New York Times has a brief article, with far too few pictures

Hidden Passions Visible in Clothes

And, no they aren't period accurate. Apparently, that's not the point.

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Date: 1/12/13 0:40 AM

I hate it when "period" movies fail to honor the clothing styles and makeup of the period they are supposed to represent. We might as well be watching a 1960's movie that's supposed to be set in the Old West (think "Chisum" with it's horrid 1960's women's makeup/hair). Too bad this was a recent movie - you'd think the producers would recognize that audiences have become a bit more sophisticated since the '60's.

Basically, I hate feeling like I've been lied to by movies, whether it's facts or ambiance.

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Date: 1/12/13 2:22 AM

Well put!

In 1995, there was a movie remake of 'The Scarlet Letter,' starring Demi Moore. They altered the storyline a lot and changed the ending completely. The movie bombed, earning a bunch of Golden Raspberry awards for "Worst Movie Remake," "Worst Actress," "Worst Actor," "Worst Picture," and so on.

Regarding the general dislike of the new ending, Demi Moore stated: 'In truth, not very many people have read the book. The ultimate message of Hester Prynne would have been lost if we'd stayed with the original ending."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scarlet_Letter_%281995_film%29)

Uh-huh. I suspect that the makers of the new "Anna Karinina" have the same attitude towards today's audiences.

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Date: 1/12/13 12:52 PM

Like the rest of you, I'm disappointed that the filmmaker hasn't taken advantage of the opportunity to feature historically-accurate costumes. However, I have to say that I find the costumes themselves (the ones featured in the linked article, at least) to be quite beautiful from a purely aesthetic viewpoint. So maybe there's something positive there, after all.

For reference, here is a link to about a dozen photos of dresses actually worn by Tsarina Alexandra Romanova, at around the same time that Anna Karenina was written. Personally, I don't believe modern audiences would have been put off by this style of dress. Oh well...like I said, a lost opportunity.
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Date: 1/12/13 2:54 PM

"Period" would probably be closer to the first bustle period, and not the Belle Époque of twenty years later.

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Date: 1/12/13 2:58 PM

Alexandra's actual gowns are wonderful! And while the movie costumes seem to be pretty in their own right, I have always found really anachronistic costumes so distracting that they actually interfere with what's going on.

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Date: 1/14/13 10:59 AM

“I maybe overemphasized the 1950s details, especially on Anna’s costumes,” Ms. Durran said, “because I wanted the audience to recognize we weren’t necessarily doing an authentic period piece.”

Except that, there are a lot of people who won't recognize that and will think it is authentic. I know far too many people who think that what they see in movies is accurate and correct.

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Date: 1/16/13 1:38 PM

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Except that, there are a lot of people who won't recognize that and will think it is authentic. I know far too many people who think that what they see in movies is accurate and correct.

Exactly! And if they didn't want to make a movie true to the period, why didn't they just go the whole nine yards and reset the story in the 1950's?

Oh. No, that wouldn't work. Then the costumes would have been inspired by the 1970's or something. Nevermind.

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Date: 1/16/13 2:50 PM

I know nothing about historical costumes, so I am the typical 'unsophisticated audience'.

What strikes me is that the tsarina's dresses would not work as well on the screen. All that detail would dilute the visual impact and make them look insipid.

The strong plain colours used by the designer emphasize the silhouette and make the character stand out. Not that I know anything about movie costumes either, but that is my observation as one of the 'unsophisticated audience'.

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