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Love (1927)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  2 January 1928 (USA)
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In Czarist Russia, Anna Karenina falls in love with the dashing military officer Count Vronsky and abandons her husband and child to become Vronsky's mistress. Tragedy ensues when Vronsky ... See full summary »

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Mail author for translation. A halhatatlan mûvészi alkotások úgy vonzzák a mûélvezõket, mint a boldog találkozások színhelye a szerelmeseket; több- ször is visszatérnek hozzá. Tolsztoj ... See full summary »

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In Czarist Russia, Anna Karenina falls in love with the dashing military officer Count Vronsky and abandons her husband and child to become Vronsky's mistress. Tragedy ensues when Vronsky chooses his military career over Anna. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Present the Stars of "FLESH and the DEVIL" GRETA GARBO AND JOHN GILBERT IN "LOVE" (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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2 January 1928 (USA)  »

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Anna Karenina  »

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$488,000 (estimated)
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MGM reportedly filmed both happy and unhappy endings for the film. The happy version was for American audiences, and the tragic version was distributed internationally. Both endings are shown in the Turner Classic Movies alternate version. See more »

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Version of Anna Karenina (1977) See more »

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That Melody of Love
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
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Stunning introduction to a classic
29 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anyone who thinks silent movies can't convey the realistic passion of love should see this pairing of Garbo and John Gilbert.

Their chemistry is palpable and the loss Garbo suffers in terms of her son is believable without plunging into bathos.

I was fortunate to see a version of this film on TCM that provided both endings -- the puerile have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too version for American audiences and the bleak, moralistic one that that was distributed for more adult viewers internationally.

It's shocking that Americans were believed to require such pabulum. But when you think about it we remain a childish, head-in-the-sand society in many ways. It's just rare to have the us-vs.-them contrast shoved in one's face like this...

The performances in this film are stellar. I'm ashamed to say -- and American enough to admit -- that I haven't read "Anna Karenina." Now at least I wish to.

I love when movies help to bring my own life into clearer focus. And this one has.

Vronsky: "To see you and not touch you...to love you and not have you...No, we'll never see each other again..."

This film brings out a terrible truth in life, as acted out by the cold and passionless Karenin. "You two will destroy each other."

He needn't have dirtied his hands or mussed his hair and he knew it. Powerful!


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