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Director:
Writers:
Leo Tolstoy (from the novel by)
Clemence Dane (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
25 December 1935 (Italy) 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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3 wins See more »
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Garbo as Anna Karenina for the second time See more (33 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)
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)
 
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:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the steeple chase, when Count Vronsky and his mount fail to make the jump, a segment from another race is edited into the film depicting the fall. In the film, Vronsky is wearing his white uniform jacket and dark pants and cap before and after the spill. The clip inserted depicts a jockey wearing white pants and dark silks.See more »
Quotes:
Karenin: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.
Anna Karenina:But it can't go on.
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fedora (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
None But the Lonely Heart (Nur Wer die Sehnsucht Kennt)See more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Garbo as Anna Karenina for the second time, 22 October 2010
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Greta Garbo first tackled Anna Karenina in the film "Love," which she made with John Gilbert. That film, however, did not follow the novel totally. Under Clarence Brown's direction, she now plays the role again opposite Frederic March as Vronsky and Basil Rathbone as Karenin.

Having seen the Vivien Leigh version as well, it's hard not to make comparisons. This version certainly moves along better than the Leigh version. Here, the Levin-Kitty (Maureen O'Sullivan) romance is no longer really a subplot, but a very minor part of the film. The production values are tremendous, as they were also in the Leigh Anna Karenina.

What the Vivien Leigh version had that this does not is Ralph Richardson's portrayal of Karenin, which is magnificent. Though Basil Rathbone is very good, no one can hold a candle to Richardson in this role, in my opinion. Rathbone is cold and authoritarian; Richardson is cold and authoritarian but pathetic, as a man who cannot love. He is also frightening. The scene where Anna sneaks in to see her child and meets Karenin upon leaving had much more tension in the Leigh film because of Richardson's quiet menace. What Rathbone does with a clipped voice and cold expression, Richardson does internally.

Apparently, for some reason, casting an appropriate Vronsky missed in both films. This is a man for whom Anna gives up the most precious thing in her life, her child, and forgoes her reputation. Frederic March, outgoing and charming, isn't quite right. Vronsky is a soldier, but he also has an element of passivity about him. Given Anna's controlling husband, she would be attracted to that. I didn't pick that up with March, and in the Leigh film, Kieron Moore was TOO passive. Also, I think Vronsky should be drop-dead gorgeous. I mean, if you're going to dump your marriage, your child, your reputation, Vronsky really ought to be a dreamboat. Since this is an MGM film, perhaps Robert Taylor would have been better: handsome, strong in voice and appearance, charming, romantic with just a touch of wimp.

The production values are magnificent, and Garbo is extremely effective in the role - beautiful, ethereal, and tragic. If she lacks anything, it is perhaps the vulnerability needed for Anna. Freddie Bartholemew is adorable as Anna's son.

I was much more involved with the characters in this Anna Karenina than in the Leigh, which was a very detached experience. This film was directed with more warmth. Very good.

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