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6 November 1967 (Soviet Union) See more »
Sovexport film presents a new 70 mm color film ANNA KARENINA based on Leo Tolstoy's novel [UK Theatrical]
Anna Karenina is a young wife of an older husband. She has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky. By following her desires Anna complicates her life. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tatyana Samoylova ... Anna Karenina

Nikolai Gritsenko ... Karenin

Vasiliy Lanovoy ... Vronsky

Yuriy Yakovlev ... Stiva Oblonsky (as Yu. Yakovlev)
Boris Goldayev ... Konstantin Levin (as B. Goldayev)
Anastasiya Vertinskaya ... Kitty (as A. Vertinskaya)

Iya Savvina ... Dolly (as I. Savvina)
Maya Plisetskaya ... Knyagina Betsy (as M. Plisetskaya)
Lidiya Sukharevskaya ... Lidiya Ivanovna (as L. Sukharevskaya)
Yelena Tyapkina ... Knyagina Myagkaya (as Ye. Tyapkina)
Sofiya Pilyavskaya ... Grafina Vronskaya (as S. Pilyavskaya)
Andrei Tutyshkin ... Lawyer (as A. Tutishkin)
Vasili Sakhnovsky ... Seryozha (as Vasya Sakhnovsky)
Anatoli Kubatsky ... Camerdiner Kapitonich (as A. Kubatsky)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vera Burlakova

Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy (as A. Kajdanovsky)
Ervin Knausmyuller ... Butler
Aleksandr Kostomolotsky (as A. Kostomolotsky)
Valentin Kulik (as V. Kulik)
Anna Pavlova (as A. Pavlova)
Mikhail Pogorzhelsky
Mariya Sapozhnikova ... Widow (as M. Sapozhnikova)
Mikhail Sidorkin (as M. Sidorkin)
Arkadi Tsinman
Kirill Vats (as G. Vats)
Yuri Volyntsev
Vladimir Semago ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Aleksandr Zarkhi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Vasily Katanyan  (as V. Katanyan)
Leo Tolstoy  novel "Anna Karenina" (as Lev Tolstoy)
Aleksandr Zarkhi  (as A. Zarkhy)

Original Music by
Rodion Shchedrin  (as R. Shchedrin)
Cinematography by
Leonid Kalashnikov 
Film Editing by
N. Petrikin 
Production Design by
Aleksandr Borisov 
Yuri Kladiyenko 
Set Decoration by
Ye. Ivanov 
Costume Design by
Lyudmila Kusakova  (as L. Kusakova)
Makeup Department
Tamara Krylova .... makeup artist (as T. Krylova)
Art Department
G. Kuznetsova .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Vyacheslav Leshchyov .... sound engineer (as V. Leshchyov)
Boris Zuyev .... sound (as B. Zuyev)
Special Effects by
Yuri Kladiyenko .... special effects director (as Yu. Kladiyenko)
B. Pluzhnikov .... special effects operator
Camera and Electrical Department
A. Anders .... assistant camera
T. Grishin .... camera operator
V. Ovintsev .... assistant camera
Music Department
Emin Khachaturyan .... conductor (as E. Khachaturyan)
Other crew
N. Gudzy .... consultant

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145 min
Color (Sovcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)

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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.", 27 August 2007
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

I think that Aleksandr Zarkhi's adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's famous novel "Anna Karenina" is one of the best screen versions of the book. It was filmed on the locations where the novel's events took place, its characters speak in the original language, and the spirit of the book was successfully transferred to the screen mostly due to the performances and the cinematography by Leonid Kalashnikov.

Tatiana Samoylova (radiant Veronica of "The Cranes Are Flying") plays Anna exactly as Leo Tolstoy had intended her to be, a victim of overwhelming passion, a woman who had lost herself to love, for whom the whole world had concentrated in her beloved Alexei Vronskiy, and once she felt he had became tired of her, she simply could not and did not want to live. The world famous Soviet ballerina, Maya Plisetskaya took a role of Anna's friend, Princess Betsy Tverskaya and just to see her walk is worth watching the movie. There is much more in it. Some scenes are unforgettable after so many years. Among them, the Vronsky's horse race with the rapid cuts from the faces to horses' heads scene that has to be seen to believe; the first dance of Anna and Vronsky - during the dance the lives of many people had changed forever, or the scene in the theater where Anna dared to show up after she had left her husband and moved in with Vronsky. For a woman of her social position, it was absolutely shocking and totally unforgiving. She was crucified with the looks of the St. Petersburg's Aristocracy but she was standing on the balcony all alone, beautiful and smiling and no one knew what she was going through.

The original music for the film was written by Rodion Shchedrin who would write later the ballet based on "Anna Karenina" and his wife, Maya Plisetskaya will be dancing Anna - but it is a different story altogether

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