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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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(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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Anna Karenina  »

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Budget:

$488,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$946,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$731,000
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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 »

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

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Serezha - Anna's Child: The gardener said I mustn't ride my pony on the lawn... and I said that you said that I could... and he said... that you said... You haven't heard one word I said...
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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-Gilbert with a dash of Tolstoy
23 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

LOVE is the perfect title for this hacked-down adaptation of Tolstoy's mammoth novel ANNA KARENINA. It was made to cash in on the popularity of Greta Garbo and John Gilbert, fresh from their box office triumph in FLESH AND THE DEVIL earlier the same year. Like virtually all of Garbo's silent films, much of the screen time is devoted to watching the great tormented Swede abandon herself to love, suffer for love, contemplate love, lose love, die. It is interesting to compare this version of the novel with the one made eight years later in which Garbo played opposite Fredric March who, while less dashing and handsome than Gilbert, did give a fine performance as the impetuous and essentially cruel Count Vronsky. In the latter film Garbo is less attractive due to the clash between the curly coiffure she is given and the strong planes and features of her face. She even looks like a male in drag in some scenes. But in LOVE she is beautiful and feminine throughout. The clinging 1920's-style dresses help, even if they detract from the authenticity of a story that is supposed to be set in 1870's Russia. Gilbert was one of the best actors of his era and the talent shows here. He is also a magnetic screen presence and one can understand why audiences in 1927 flocked to see these two together. The scenes of mother-son tenderness between Garbo and Philippe deLacy do indeed seem incestuous as others have pointed out, but so do the scenes between Garbo and Freddie Bartholomew in the 1935 version. I think it was just Garbo's way of expressing love on screen; you see her perform the same kind of nuzzling in other movies, whether the attentions are being given to a man, a woman or a child. I disliked both endings, but at least Garbo was ravishing in the happy one. And remember, Garbo was just shy of 22 when she filmed this, yet she is believable as an older woman. She had a face that could express any age. This movie cries out for a re-scoring. The print shown on TCM is marred by what sounds like muffled applause from time to time.


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