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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You say this knowing this I cannot do. There is no life for me without my child. To leave him would be infamous and base. I couldn't. And you know I couldn't.
Very well. I can assume, then, that you will never again jeopardize my honor.
Oh, your honor! Your selfishness! Your hypocrisy! Your egotism! You've never considered me as a human being. Your social position and... your reputation. These must be kept up at what cost to those who are around you? At what cost?
[Checking his pocket watch]
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Garbo earned the first NYC Film Critics Best Actress Award for this performance and she is fine, totally believable as the happily married wife and mother who permits an obsessed count to destroy her life. The production values are first rate with some very impressive moments: the opening tracking shot down the table laid with food, the ball where cinematography, sound recording and editing all work together to seamlessly convey scads of dialogue (it must have been hell choreographing this), the meeting in the shadow and light filled garden by the pool, Garbo's entrance first seen behind a screen filled with steam (note Vivien Leigh's similar entrance in STREETCAR). Completely absorbing from start to finish and very worth your attention. Formerly available on MGM/UA video (now out of print) and just released on DVD to coincide with Garbo's birth centenary (9/05).
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