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Anna Karenina/Jane Eyre/Anonymous
Director: Joe Wright, Cary Fukunaga, Roland Emmerich
Region Code: 2 (Europe & Japan)
A triple bill of costume dramas. In 'Anna Karenina' (2012), Tom Stoppard's Academy Award-nominated adaptation of Tolstoy's classic story of doomed love, Anna (Keira Knightley), trapped in a loveless marriage and the ongoing fallout of a family crisis, falls uncontrollably in love with charming and affluent bachelor Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson). But as Anna falters to make a decision about leaving her husband, government official Karenin (Jude Law), Vronsky continues to pursue his social life, leading Anna into a growing paranoia about his infidelities that eventually leads to tragic consequences. In Charlotte Brontë's 'Jane Eyre' (2011), Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) emerges from a troubled childhood to take on the position of governess at Thornfield Hall. Thornfield is owned by the passionate and impulsive Rochester (Michael Fassbender), who pays Jane unusual attention for someone below his station. The pair quickly fall in love and set their heart on marriage, but a dark secret from Rochester's past soon threatens to destroy their happiness. Finally, set in Elizabethan England, 'Anonymous' (2011) deals with the political intrigue that abounds as the Tudors and the Cecils battle it out over the succession of Queen Elizabeth I (Joely Richardson/Vanessa Redgrave), and the Essex Rebellion mobilises against her. Enter the dashing and wildly talented Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (Jamie Campbell Bower/Rhys Ifans), who not only fathers an illegitimate son in a clandestine incestuous relationship with Queen Elizabeth, but is also the secret author of the plays labeled with the name of William Shakespeare.