This version of the Tolstoy classic lingers longer in Moscow during the weeks that follow the initial meeting of the starstruck lovers-to-be Vronsky and Anna Karenina. The story -- as it unfolds -- also focuses on Kitty, a young woman who is related to Anna's sister-in-law whose marital rift has brought Anna to Moscow. Until Anna shows up, Kitty had hopes of getting Vronsky, who is single and well connected, to propose to her. Ignored by Vronsky, Kitty turns her attention to another suitor, a man who seems to have a lot in common with Tolstoy. Written by
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Aware that her co-star Fredric March was notorious for seducing his leading ladies, Greta Garbo reportedly wore garlic under her clothes and purposely had bad breath in order to stave off his advances. See more »
When Anna arrives in Dolly's room, they hold hands, which then changes in the next shot. See more »
Sometimes I think... I compare my life to yours. You travel, you go to Italy, you do what you like. You are loved. While I... no ecstasy, no glamour, all the things you have. And Sergei? What of him?
I don't see him. Karenin won't let me see him.
Oh. That must be hard.
Well, whatever way one lives, there's a penalty, I suppose.
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To me, Basil Rathbone is the one and only superior actor in this film. Fans might disagree, but I find Garbo rather unconvincingly playing the [in my mind] fragile and victimized Anna character. Garbo's screen presence is so strong that, combined with her voice and perhaps also due to the extreme soft-light shots, she gives the impression of a winner, a survivor, a diva. Also the direction and adaptation by Clarence Brown deserve a compliment.
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