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Love (1927)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 2 January 1928 (USA)
A married woman compromises her social standing and family life when she falls for a young officer.

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, (uncredited)

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(from the novel "Anna Karenina") (as Lyof N. Tolstoi), (continuity by) | 2 more credits »
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Serezha - Anna's Child (as Philippe de Lacy)
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Storyline

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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The drama of a love which knew no bounds of reason. Mother Love! Passionate Love! Illicit Love! And a love defiant of suffering and disaster. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

2 January 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anna Karenina  »

Box Office

Budget:

$488,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$946,000 (USA)
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(1994 alternate)

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1.33 : 1
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The film was originally filmed with Dimitri Buchowetzki as director, Merritt B. Gerstad at camera, and Ricardo Cortez playing opposite Garbo. Producer Irving Thalberg was not satisfied with the completed film, so he disposed of it, and attempted reshoots with Norman Kerry. Even with a new director, Edmund Goulding, Thalberg still disliked the new footage. So Kerry was replaced with John Gilbert, replaced Gerstad with his favorite cameraman, William H. Daniels. Finally, Thalberg was satisfied. See more »

Goofs

As Vronski and the Army ride down the dirt road, pepper trees can be seen. There are no pepper trees in Russia. See more »

Quotes

Vronsky: Anna, my darling... forgive me... I'm so in love with you... the thought of anything, anyone... between us... maddens me...
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Version of Anna Karenina (1914) See more »

Soundtracks

Varför ser jag tårar i dina ögon
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Music by Georg Enders
Lyrics by Nils Perne and Georg Eliasson
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Garbo and Gilbert
2 October 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Back in the day this silent version of Anna Karenina was all the rage because in that year that talkies made their debut, the film was part of the famous Greta Garbo/John Gilbert group that was passionately daring for its time. That scene where Gilbert after helping a lady in distress in the snowy Russian winter, when they get to shelter and she takes off the hoodie on her parka and Gilbert does a triple take at Garbo's beauty is still one of the best love at first sight scenes in the history of cinema.

The passionate sparks from Garbo and Gilbert still thrill many. But ninety years after Tolstoy's novel got the full MGM tratment we can get real critical over the happy ending the film got. There was a more realistic ending apparently filmed for foreign markets. But I can only critique what I see.

Still for me the best version of Anna Karenina was the one Vivien Leigh did in 1948 which was closest to Tolstoy's work. The sound remake that Garbo did with Fredric March as Count Vronsky is better than this one. The ending there is tragic, but there is a postscript softening of Vronsky's character.

Fans of Greta Garbo and John Gilbert should still like this. But Tolstoy purists will be disappointed.


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