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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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Taglines:

The drama of a love which knew no bounds of reason. Mother Love! Passionate Love! Illicit Love! And a love defiant of suffering and disaster. 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)

Gross USA:

$946,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$731,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1994 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Cavalryman: Alexei... no woman is worth it... !
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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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Soundtracks

That Melody of Love
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
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Garbo and Gilbert
2 October 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Back in the day this silent version of Anna Karenina was all the rage because in that year that talkies made their debut, the film was part of the famous Greta Garbo/John Gilbert group that was passionately daring for its time. That scene where Gilbert after helping a lady in distress in the snowy Russian winter, when they get to shelter and she takes off the hoodie on her parka and Gilbert does a triple take at Garbo's beauty is still one of the best love at first sight scenes in the history of cinema.

The passionate sparks from Garbo and Gilbert still thrill many. But ninety years after Tolstoy's novel got the full MGM tratment we can get real critical over the happy ending the film got. There was a more realistic ending apparently filmed for foreign markets. But I can only critique what I see.

Still for me the best version of Anna Karenina was the one Vivien Leigh did in 1948 which was closest to Tolstoy's work. The sound remake that Garbo did with Fredric March as Count Vronsky is better than this one. The ending there is tragic, but there is a postscript softening of Vronsky's character.

Fans of Greta Garbo and John Gilbert should still like this. But Tolstoy purists will be disappointed.


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