The best adaptations of the great Russian novels which you should definitely watch (again and again)!
The Double (2013). Directed by Richard Ayoade
Based on the novella The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky the film tells a story of a clerk in a government agency. His unenviable life takes a turn for the horrific with the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and seductive with women. To his horror the double slowly starts taking over his life.
Anna Karenina (2012). Directed by Joe Wright
The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, following the award-winning box office successes Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, is a bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna (Ms. Knightley) questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her.
Morphine (2008). Directed by Aleksei Balabanov
Helmed by the provocative and morbidly funny Russian filmmaker Aleksey Balabanov Morphine is almost certainly the best adaptation of a novel or short story written by Mikhail Bulgakov. Based primarily on Bulgakov’s short stories, and political feuilletons it retains both Bulgakov’s imagistic style and Balabanov’s bitterly funny cynicism.
Lolita (1962). Directed by Stanley Kubrick
“How did they make a movie out of Lolita?” teased the print ads of this Stanley Kubrick production. The answer: by adding three years to the title character’s age. The original Vladimir Nabokov novel caused no end of scandal by detailing the romance between a middle-aged intellectual and a 12-year-old nymphet. The affair is “cleansed” ever so slightly in the film by making Lolita a 15-year-old (portrayed by 16-year-old Sue Lyon). In adapting his novel to film, Nabokov downplayed the wicked satire and sensuality of the material, concentrating instead on the story’s farcical aspects. James Mason plays professor Humbert Humbert, who while waiting to begin a teaching post in the United States rents a room from blowzy Shelley Winters. Winters immediately falls for the worldly Humbert, but he only has eyes for his landlady’s nubile daughter Lolita.
War and Peace (1956). Directed by King Vidor
First of all, Audrey Hepburn is flawless as Natasha. Who needs any more reasons to watch it?