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Anna Karenina -- screen legend Greta Garbo and Fredric March star in this adaptation of Tolstoy's classic tale of a woman who deserts her family for an illicit love.


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Release Date:
25 December 1935 (Italy) See more »
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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  (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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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95 min | West Germany:89 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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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Did You Know?

The Russian ballet sequence was shot in shades of black and white only. No colour was permitted in either the costumes or the makeup.See more »
Continuity: When Anna arrives in Dolly's room, they hold hands, which then changes in the next shot.See more »
Karenin:You will remain here as my wife... before the world. You will never see this... this *person* again.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Garbo (2005)See more »
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)See more »


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14 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Sexist Old Mother Russia, 18 July 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I'm willing to bet that Anna Karenina was something that Greta Garbo agreed to remake because she thought she might have her same leading man again. She had done Tolstoy's troubled countess in an acclaimed silent version with John Gilbert. When Gilbert's career wouldn't rebound after Queen Christina the year before, Garbo took on Fredric March as a second choice.

It's not a bad choice, March makes a very good love 'em and leave 'em Count Vronsky. The book is nicely edited down to an acceptable movie length although it surely is better suited for a mini-series. But true to the Production Code and March's own image, he doesn't leave Anna for another woman and MGM tacks on a cop out scene at the very end where he expresses his profound regrets over the whole business.

Greta Garbo is trapped in a marriage to a career minded Basil Rathbone and is bored with the lack of romance. Along comes the dashing Count Fredric March and she leaves husband and child Freddie Bartholomew.

The whole point here is the difference in what happens. Tolstoy recognized full well the sexist frame his society operated under, but he thought it was a good thing. Women ought to know their place was his idea.

When Garbo runs off to Italy with March and then is seen publicly with him in St. Petersburg, she is shunned from polite society. March can be shed of her and his return back to his regiment is welcomed, Garbo has nowhere to go and her fate is inevitable.

Garbo captures the air of tragedy surrounding poor Anna so well, you're in tears practically the whole film. You KNOW what her fate must be yet you still watch her entranced. No wonder Anna Karenina is such an acclaimed role for her, both silent and sound versions.

Basil Rathbone is a proud member of the sexist society of Old Russia, yet his performance is also good in that you both feel his pain and hate him for not having an ounce of forgiveness for her.

Of the supporting cast, my favorite is Reginald Owen who is Garbo's brother. He's cheating on his wife with anyone in sight and then in the end HE lectures Garbo on what her duties are.

No wonder there were so many Bolshevik women.

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