Anna Karenina is the young wife of an older husband. She has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky. By following her desires, Anna complicates her life.
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 Levin (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Anna Karenina (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Karenin (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Kitty (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Oblonsky (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Count Vronsky (4 episodes, 2000)
Jackson Leach ...
 Seriozha (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Agatha (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Dolly (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Princess Shcherbatskya (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Prince Shcherbatsky (4 episodes, 2000)
Victoria Carling ...
 Annushka (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Countess Lydia (4 episodes, 2000)
Emma Majewska ...
 Dolly's Child (3 episodes, 2000)
Gabbi Majewska ...
 Dolly's Child (3 episodes, 2000)
Oliver Mangham ...
 Dolly's Child (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Yashvin (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Nikolai (3 episodes, 2000)
Maddie Armstrong ...
 Dolly's Child (3 episodes, 2000)
William Scott-Masson ...
 Serpukhovskoy (2 episodes, 2000)
Abigail Cruttenden ...
 Betsy (2 episodes, 2000)
Sara Kestelman ...
 Countess Vronskaya (2 episodes, 2000)
Rachel Power ...
 Masha (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Princess Sorokina (2 episodes, 2000)
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Anna Karenina is the young wife of an older husband. She has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky. By following her desires, Anna complicates her life.

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Throughout the movie, any character who wears a wedding band is shown wearing it on their left hand. In the Slavic countries, such as Russia, Ukraine, and Poland, the wedding band is worn on the ring finger of the right hand. Wearing a wedding band on the left hand often indicates that the wearer is widowed. See more »

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When Anna takes the carriage she tells the driver to take her to the station. At the time when the action is set (1876) there were several railway stations in Moscow. It would have been necessary to tell the driver to which railway station he should go. See more »

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Version of Anna Karenina (2009) See more »

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Pinpoints The Plot In Great Detail, But With Somewhat Charmless Leads
9 April 2013 | by (Paradise, California) – See all my reviews

If you're craving an adaptation of Tolstoy's psychological and social masterpiece, this version comes the closest to an overall assessment, simply because it has the time to cover the all-important story of the earthy Levin and his beloved Kitty; as in the book, Anna takes the focus purely because she is the embodiment of a scandal, living totally for her feelings, and living selfishly.

Having just finished the book, and then watched four different versions of the Russian epic, I do not doubt this version comes closest to the spirit of the book, even though Helen McCrory as Anna completely lacks the mesmerizing attraction of say, Garbo or Leigh--but both their films are Masterplot editions, and studio bound, although each have their own strengths--the MGM team to recreate lavish set pieces, and in the latter case, Vivien Leigh sparring with Sir Ralph Richardson, as a mannered, pompous, easily rattled husband.

In this 2000 Masterpiece Theatre version, David Henshall is a standout as Levin, drawing the viewer into the intensely introverted, thoughtful landowner, Tolstoy's cover for himself. When it comes down to it, the novel cannot be translated to the screen, even less so than War And Peace, but the director of this one did his best, even if his chosen leads are less than stellar.


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