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Love (1927)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 2 January 1928 (USA)
A married woman compromises her social standing and family life when she falls for a young officer.

Directors:

Edmund Goulding, John Gilbert (uncredited)

Writers:

Leo Tolstoy (from the novel "Anna Karenina") (as Lyof N. Tolstoi), Frances Marion (continuity by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Gilbert ... Vronsky
Greta Garbo ... Anna Karenina
George Fawcett ... Grand Duke
Emily Fitzroy ... Grand Duchess
Brandon Hurst ... Karenin
Philippe De Lacy ... Serezha - Anna's Child (as Philippe de Lacy)
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Storyline

In Czarist Russia, Anna Karenina falls in love with the dashing military officer Count Vronsky and abandons her husband and child to become Vronsky's mistress. Tragedy ensues when Vronsky chooses his military career over Anna. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A surging romance suggested by Tolstoi's immortal novel, "Anna Karenina." See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

2 January 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anna Karenina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$488,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1994 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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MGM reportedly filmed both happy and unhappy endings for the film. The happy version was for American audiences, and the tragic version was distributed internationally. Both endings are shown in the Turner Classic Movies alternate version. See more »

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At the Easter party the blond wig on the lady that Count Vronski is talking to is not on very well. You can see her black hair at the bottom of it. See more »

Quotes

Serezha - Anna's Child: The gardener said I mustn't ride my pony on the lawn... and I said that you said that I could... and he said... that you said... You haven't heard one word I said...
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Alternate Versions

The music was composed and conducted by Arnold Brostoff and recorded at a live performance at Royce Hall, University of California, Los Angeles, California. You can hear the audience respond to the movie with laughter, clapping, etc. See more »

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Version of Anna Karénine (1912) See more »

Soundtracks

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Music by Georg Enders
Lyrics by Nils Perne and Georg Eliasson
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More an abridgment than an adaptation
23 May 2017 | by MissSimonettaSee all my reviews

As I have stated before and often in my reviews, I don't care whether or not a film adaptation is faithful to its source material; my only requirement is that it be good and stand on its own two feet. Love (1927) mostly does this; I haven't read Anna Karenina, though I am familiar with the basic outline of the plot. Love hits the high points of the story, though it does make the relationship between Anna and Vronsky more a case of two soul mates finding one another than what those two characters are in the novel.

Garbo is luminescent as Anna. She was not only gorgeous, but she could communicate such depth and soul despite being featured in so many standard melodramas. Gilbert does good and is ardent as the romantic lead, but Garbo steals the show. As is usual with most 1920s MGM melodramas, the production is lavish and pretty. My biggest issue is that the story is incredibly rushed; everything moves so quickly and it feels like scenes were even lost or snipped. Nothing develops gradually. Aside from that problem, Love is a nice romantic drama, though if you want your Garbo-Gilbert fix, you're better off with Flesh and the Devil or A Woman of Affairs.


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