While at a ski lodge, Larry Blake sees instructor Karin Borg and decides to sign up for private lessons. The next thing he knows, she is Mrs. Blake. When he announces that he is going back ... See full summary »
Budapest bar entertainer Zara is a discontented alcoholic who is pursued by many men but lives with novelist Carl Salter. A strange man (Tony) shows up on Salter's estate claiming that Zara... See full summary »
Erich von Stroheim
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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Greta Garbo initially formed a very close relationship with Freddie Bartholomew until the 11-year-old asked her for an autograph for his uncle one day. After that their relationship was strictly professional. For the rest of his life he was dismayed at suddenly losing her friendship. See more »
When Anna arrives in Dolly's room, they hold hands, which then changes in the next shot. See more »
For some time, I have known that in uniting my life to yours, I have made a mistake. But this I must bear for the sake of my public duty... and for the sake of my child. I believe in marriage as a sacrament. I could not consider myself justified in breaking the ties by which we are bound by a higher power. The family cannot be broken up by a... whim or a caprice or even by the... by the sin of one of the partners in the marriage. Our life must go on as it has done in the past.
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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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