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Eisenberg signs up for Dostoevsky adaptation

Our top five Russian literary film adaptations.

Jesse Eisenberg, the star of The Social Network, has signed up for the adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's doppelganger drama The Double. Below are five other Russian literary classics put to film.

Take Five... The Idiot (1951)

The director Akira Kurosawa intended his adaptation of Dostoevsky's novel to be a two-part film. Instead, the film was severely edited by the studio to one full-length version. There remains no existing print of the original two-part version.

Take Four... War and Peace (1956)

The first English language version of Leo Tolstoy's novel, starring Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda. Like the book, the film is epic in scope with a running time of 208 minutes.Take Three... Doctor Zhivago (1965)

The sweeping romantic tale starring Omar Sharif and set during the Russian Revolution. The Boris Pasternack novel was banned in the USSR before being smuggled out to the West, where it was published in 1957.

Take Two... One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1970)

Based on the novel by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Norwegian-British production starring Tom Courtenay follows the life of a prisoner in a Soviet labour camp. Finland banned the film upon release, with the director Caspar Wrede claiming it was in fear of hurting its diplomatic ties with the USSR.

Take One... Anna Karenina (2012)

The forthcoming production will star Keira Knightley in the title role. The film follows Karenina's ill-fated relationship with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky. Based on the classic novel by Tolstoy.