On the sidewalks of the London theater district the buskers (street performers) earn enough coins for a cheap room. Charles, who recites dramatic monologues, sees that a young pickpocket, ... See full summary »
Stefan and Dolly Oblonsky have had a little spat and Stefan has asked his sister, Anna Karenina, to come down to Moscow to help mend the rift. Anna's companion on the train from St. Petersburg is Countess Vronsky who is met at the Moscow station by her son. Col. Vronsky looks very dashing in his uniform and it's love at first sight when he looks at Anna and their eyes meet. Back in St. Petersburg they keep running into each other at parties. Since she has a husband and small son, they must be very discreet if they are going to see each other alone. Written by
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »
Opening credits prologue (from the novel): CHAPTER 1 "All happy families resemble one another, every unhappy family is unhappy after its own fashion. Confusion reigned in the home of the Oblonskys". See more »
This film is like the adaptation of Wuthering Heights Goldwyn made in 1939. --Which is to say it cuts its indebtedness to its literary namesake to the bone so completely you'd swear the producers were paying for the use of the name based on percentage of fidelity to original source material. This is still a common practice, to take a hot literary property or should-be sacrosanct classic and completely wing it on your "interpretation" of the story. (See the recent refry of Scarlet Letter, for example.) Understand, I won't carp about the issue of fidelity, per se. My point is more like why even bother to use the name as a film title if you find it expedient for one reason or another to ditch the plot and refit the original character nuances.
The redeeming feature of this film lies in the way it pays off with a big, teary, dramatically oh-so right finish. You'd have to be pretty flinty not to feel it. --The sad, stunning finish seems, after all is said and done, the films reason for being. See it. 8 stars.
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