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Director:
Writers:
Leo Tolstoy (from the novel by)
Clemence Dane (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
21 November 1935 (Hungary) See more »
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Plot:
The married Anna Karenina falls in love with Count Vronsky despite her husband's refusal to grant a divorce, and both must contend with the social repercussions. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Superb MGM production but let down by less than perfect casting. See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Greta Garbo ... Anna Karenina

Fredric March ... Vronsky

Freddie Bartholomew ... Sergei

Maureen O'Sullivan ... Kitty

May Robson ... Countess Vronsky

Basil Rathbone ... Karenin

Reginald Owen ... Stiva
Phoebe Foster ... Dolly

Reginald Denny ... Yashvin
Gyles Isham ... Levin

Joan Marsh ... Lili

Ethel Griffies ... Mme. Kartasoff

Harry Beresford ... Matve

Sarah Padden ... Governess

Cora Sue Collins ... Tania
Mary Forbes ... Princess Sorokina
Joseph R. Tozer ... Butler (as Joe E. Tozer)

Guy D'Ennery ... Tutor
Buster Phelps ... Grisha

Sidney Bracey ... Vronsky's Valet (as Sidney Bracy)
Harry Allen ... Cord
Ella Ethridge ... Anna's Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stanley Andrews ... Husband - Third Couple (uncredited)

Mischa Auer ... Mahotin (uncredited)

Betty Blythe ... Woman (uncredited)
Eugene Burr ... Party Guest (uncredited)
André Cheron ... Attaché (uncredited)
Ruth Cherrington ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Station Master (uncredited)
Claudia Coleman ... Wife - Third Couple (uncredited)

Constance Collier ... Countess Lidia (uncredited)

Harry Cording ... Officer at Banquet (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Waiter (uncredited)
Lorinne Crawford ... Woman (uncredited)

Carrie Daumery ... Sick Woman (uncredited)
Carlos De Valdez ... Butler (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Wife - Second Couple (uncredited)

Adolph Faylauer ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Sam Flint ... Husband - Second Couple (uncredited)
Helen Freeman ... Barbara (uncredited)
Otto Fries ... Officer at Banquet (uncredited)

Mahlon Hamilton ... Colonel (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Officer at Banquet (uncredited)
Keith Hitchcock ... Mr. Kartasoff (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Butler (uncredited)

Isabelle Keith ... Wife - First Couple (uncredited)

Andrea Leeds ... Girl in Bar (uncredited)

Francis McDonald ... Officer at Banquet (uncredited)

Bert Moorhouse ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Henry Mowbray ... Husband - First Couple (uncredited)
Joseph North ... Doorman (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Kitty's Suitor (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Officer at Banquet (uncredited)

Dennis O'Keefe ... Best Man (uncredited)
William Orlamond ... Train Inspector (uncredited)

Barbara Pepper ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Edward Reinach ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ... Attaché (uncredited)
Pepi Sinoff ... Fat Woman (uncredited)
Leonid Snegoff ... Major-domo (uncredited)

Stephen Soldi ... Man at Train Station (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ... Officer at Banquet (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Officer at Banquet (uncredited)
Dickie Walters ... Child (uncredited)

Robert Warwick ... Colonel (uncredited)
Helen Wood ... Princess Lvov (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Opera Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Clarence Brown 
 
Writing credits
Leo Tolstoy (from the novel by) (as Count Leo Tolstoy)

Clemence Dane (screen play) and
Salka Viertel (screen play)

S.N. Behrman (dialogue adaptation)

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Kern (film editor) (as Robert J. Kern)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dorian .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Fredric Hope .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William Grimes .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Blake Jones .... colorist: home video (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Wayne Allen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Chester Hale .... mazurka stager
Andrei Tolstoy .... consultant (as Count Andrey Tolstoy)
Margarete Wallmann .... ballet stager
Howard Dietz .... press agent (uncredited)
Erich von Stroheim .... technical advisor: military sequence (uncredited)
William H. Wright .... production assistant: David O. Selznick (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
95 min | West Germany:89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | New Zealand:PG | Sweden:15 | Sweden:11 (re-release) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (re-rating) (1990) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1015) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Trivia:
In a letter dated January 7, 1935 from David O. Selznick to Greta Garbo, Selznick told Garbo that he preferred a George Cukor-directed Dark Victory to Anna Karenina as a starring vehicle for her, and urged her to agree with him. One week later, in a letter to MGM director J. Walter Ruben, Selznick stated that he would do Dark Victory if he succeeded in purchasing the rights to the play at a reasonable cost and if Philip Barry consented to write the screenplay. Selznick pointed to the box office disappointments of Queen Christina (1933) and The Painted Veil (1934) as evidence that Anna Karenina would be an unwise choice for Garbo, and noted that Fredric March, who was "fed up with doing costume pictures," made it known that he would do Anna Karenina only if required to by his studio. Despite Selznick's best efforts to convince Garbo to do Dark Victory, she insisted on doing Anna Karenina, a story she had already done as a silent movie entitled Love (1927). According to a biography of Garbo, she was determined to do Anna Karenina because she did not like what she had heard about Dark Victory, and because she "had immersed herself in Anna Karenina and it was now too late to make an abrupt turnabout." Furthermore, a clause in Garbo's contract gave her the option to refuse to make a film if she disliked the script.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Shadows of equipment are visible in the scene where Karenin confronts Anna.See more »
Quotes:
Vronsky:One must never pardon an insult, but may freely give one.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
None But the Lonely Heart (Nur Wer die Sehnsucht Kennt)See more »

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20 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Superb MGM production but let down by less than perfect casting., 25 May 2006
Author: Greensleeves from United Kingdom

Watching this movie you will see MGM at the height of its movie-making powers. The physical production is impeccable, the sets are amazing, the production design fantastic. The photography and all technical aspects are superb with the costuming and makeup being the very best that money could buy. All these aspects combine to make a very enjoyable production but the fatal flaw in this much condensed version of Tolstoy's classic is the casting. Frederic March brings no passion to the role of Vronsky and no-one could ever believe for a minute that Anna would give up her child and position for him. In fact it is even hard to believe that she would leave her husband at all given the totally magnetic performance by Basil Rathbone as Karenin. His is the most memorable character portrayal in the film and he acts the part with superb skill. Vronsky is immediately attracted to Anna as he watches her alight from a train and Garbo's face is suddenly revealed through a cloud of steam. This was quite a magical effect in the cinema as her face gradually appeared and filled the huge movie screen, but on video and a TV screen the effect is much diminished and her face appears rather large, plain and mask like. Garbo is also referred to as 'pretty' several times during the movie when 'attractive' would have been a better word. Her acting skills are beyond doubt however and by the climax one is genuinely moved when she watches the train pull out of the station and decides that life will no longer be worth living. You can almost read her mind in this scene which is photographed and scored to maximum effect and leaves an indelible impression.

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