Anna Karenina

Oscars Excitement: See Why We’re Inspired By The Oscar-Nominated Film Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina is nominated in the category of Production Design in this year’s Academy Awards, and for good reason. Production designer Sarah Greenwood and set decorator Katie Spencer went above and beyond when re-imagining Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina for the screen.


Director Joe Wright struck upon the unique notion that “the action would be taking place within a beautiful decaying theatre, which in itself would be omnipresent, a metaphor for Russian society of the time as it rotted from the inside.”


Production designer Sarah Greenwood and set decorator Katie Spencer visited locations, including the condemned Alexandra Palace theatre in London, before deciding to build the entire set from scratch.Other film locations include the Karenin home, the Oblonsky house, an ice rink, a ball, an opera, a society soirée, and a horse race, as well as snowy landscapes and the train station.


Echoing the film’s elaborate sets are the costumes, which were based on late 19th century imperial Russian designs as well as 1950s European haute couture.


The entire film is a stunning visual feast, from costume to set design to story.



What films inspired you this year in terms of set and production design?

Source: Photos courtesy Focus Features

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