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Anna Karenina (TV Movie 1985)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Tragic Anna leaves her cold husband for dashing Count Vronsky in 19th-century Russia.

Director: Simon Langton
Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Christopher Reeve, Paul Scofield
Anna Karenina (TV Mini-Series 2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Anna is torn between her love to Count Vronsky, and her loveless marriage to Mr. Karenin. Based on the book by Leo Tolstoy.

Stars: Tatyana Drubich, Oleg Yankovskiy, Yaroslav Boyko
Anna Karenina (1967)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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.

Director: Aleksandr Zarkhi
Stars: Tatyana Samoylova, Nikolai Gritsenko, Vasiliy Lanovoy
Anna Karenina (TV Mini-Series 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Stars: Douglas Henshall, Helen McCrory, Stephen Dillane
Anna Karenina (1948)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A married woman's affair with a dashing young officer has tragic results.

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson, Kieron Moore
Anna Karenina (1997)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Anna (Marceau) is a wife and mother who has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky (Bean). Based on the novel by Tolstoy.

Director: Bernard Rose
Stars: Sophie Marceau, Sean Bean, Alfred Molina
Anna Karenina (1935)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Freddie Bartholomew
Anna Karenina (1975)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

This is a Bolshoi Ballet version of Anna Karenina. Anna and a younger Vronsky are expressing their love through dance.

Director: Margarita Pilikhina
Stars: Maya Plisetskaya, Alexander Godunov, Yuri Vladimirov
Anna Karenina I (2012)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.

Director: Joe Wright
Stars: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
War & Peace (1972–1974)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Anthony Hopkins stars in this British adaption of Tolstoy's war and peace, an epic about Napoleon's invasion of Russia, as told through the eyes of five fictional Russian families.

Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Morag Hood, Alan Dobie
Anna Karenina II (TV Mini-Series 2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent and handsome Count Vronsky. Tolstoy's novel adaptation.

Stars: Stasys Baltakis, Ilja Bereznickas, Léa Bosco
Anna Karenina (TV Mini-Series 1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stars: Lea Massari, Sergio Fantoni, Pino Colizzi
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 Anna Karenina (10 episodes, 1977)
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 Karenin (9 episodes, 1977)
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 Levin (9 episodes, 1977)
Davyd Harries ...
 Stiva (9 episodes, 1977)
Caroline Langrishe ...
 Kitty (9 episodes, 1977)
Carole Nimmons ...
 Dolly (8 episodes, 1977)
Marilyn Le Conte ...
 Annushka (8 episodes, 1977)
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 Seriozha (8 episodes, 1977)
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 Princess Betsy (7 episodes, 1977)
Patricia Lawrence ...
 Princess Shcherbatsky (6 episodes, 1977)
Geoffrey Toone ...
 Prince Shcherbatsky (6 episodes, 1977)
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 Petritsky (6 episodes, 1977)
Margot Van der Burgh ...
 Lydia (5 episodes, 1977)
April Walker ...
 Paula (5 episodes, 1977)
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Tolstoy adaptations don't get much better than this
29 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While the best film versions are the 1967 Russian and 1935 Greta Garbo films, the best overall adaptation seen so far of Tolstoy's masterpiece Anna Karenina goes to this mini-series, the only adaptation personally seen so far that doesn't have any major debits.

Visually, it is a real beauty, with some breath taking scenery and sets, opulent costume design and elegant photography with lots of handsome colour. The period detail is not quite as evocative as it is in the 1967 and 1997 (with Sophie Marceau) films, but it is still remarkably authentic for a 70s made-for-TV mini-series. The music is appropriate and hauntingly beautiful, wisely keeping itself to the background in crucial scenes to let the dialogue really register, including a rare chance of hearing glimpses of Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony used for a mini-series. The mini-series also has a very thought-provoking, beautifully structured and literate script, that feels and sounds like Tolstoy's writing coming to life from the pages of the novel, covering all the major events and more and with the full emotional impact and more.

The story of Anna Karenina is very faithfully adapted here, one of the most faithful treatments of any adaptation of the novel in fact. In terms of detail, the major events, the subplots, the themes and the characters are all here, and not in Cliff Notes form, this is the real deal. The long length, with the 9 hour plus duration and 10 episodes, was more than appropriate and allowed richer characterisation, more of the story (this adaptation has the most well developed Levin by far for example) and all the material to be fully expanded upon (things that a 2-4 hour film couldn't do as effectively), as was the steady and very measured pacing to allow one to get fully immersed in the atmosphere and let the many nuances of the story and text come through. Anna Karenina (1977) is beautifully directed throughout, and the characters and their situations are always interesting.

Nicola Pagett is outstanding as a particularly passionately vulnerable Anna, which is played with pitch-perfect heartfelt pathos, and Stuart Wilson blows all the Vronskys in the film adaptations out of the water in a portrayal that is much more complex than any of the portrayals in any of the film versions, where half of the cinematic Vronskys make for problematic casting. The chemistry between the two of them is very believable with no sudden transitions and it doesn't feel rushed. Eric Porter's Karenin, a role played to a consistently high level in all the adaptations even in the weaker ones, is more conflicted than most, rather than being too sympathetic or too much of a reptile, more of a man caught in situations that more expose his weaknesses than his strengths, and he plays it magnificently. Robert Swann stands out in support as an ambivalent and multi-layered Levin, in a cast where everybody comes off strongly with few if any weak links.

All in all, a superb adaptation, adapted Tolstoy rarely gets much better than this. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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