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Anna Karenina (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 27 September 1948 (UK)
A married woman's affair with a dashing young officer has tragic results.

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Jean Anouilh (screenplay), Guy Morgan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivien Leigh ... Anna Karenina
Ralph Richardson ... Karenin
Kieron Moore ... Count Vronsky
Hugh Dempster Hugh Dempster ... Stefan Oblonsky
Mary Kerridge ... Dolly Oblonsky
Marie Lohr ... Princess Shcherbatsky
Frank Tickle Frank Tickle ... Prince Shcherbatsky
Sally Ann Howes ... Kitty Shcherbatsky
Niall MacGinnis ... Levin (as Niall Macginnis)
Michael Gough ... Nicholai
Martita Hunt ... Princess Betty Tversky
Heather Thatcher ... Countess Lydia Ivanovna
Helen Haye ... Countess Vronsky
Mary Martlew Mary Martlew ... Princess Nathalia
Ruby Miller ... Countess Meskov
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Storyline

Stefan and Dolly Oblonsky have had a little spat and Stefan has asked his sister, Anna Karenina, to come down to Moscow to help mend the rift. Anna's companion on the train from St. Petersburg is Countess Vronsky who is met at the Moscow station by her son. Col. Vronsky looks very dashing in his uniform and it's love at first sight when he looks at Anna and their eyes meet. Back in St. Petersburg they keep running into each other at parties. Since she has a husband and small son, they must be very discreet if they are going to see each other alone. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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"And then his kiss crushed all the shame out of me, blotting out the vision of my own destruction!" See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

27 September 1948 (UK) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Michael Redgrave was cast, but pulled out when he was offered Mourning Becomes Electra (1947) in Hollywood. See more »

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Opening credits prologue (from the novel): CHAPTER 1 "All happy families resemble one another, every unhappy family is unhappy after its own fashion. Confusion reigned in the home of the Oblonskys". See more »

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Captures the moods...
9 November 2009 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

While certainly the vanities and indiscretions of upper crust Russia is examined by Tolstoy and it has been some time since I have read the lengthy novel, this version is certainly more memorable and effective than the Garbo version. I do agree with an earlier review in that Garbo herself, perhaps a bit too self-possessed and headstrong, could never represent the character of Anna, a woman carried away on passion, lust and impending tragedy.

Vivien Leigh is stunning in her facial expressions and vulnerable, almost exotic appearance, as we see her in a black gown, contrasted dramatically with other women who blend in the background to obscurity. The gowns and architecture of the era, the stark coldness and added texture of snowflakes, as a bas-relief to the portrait of Anna. Her close-ups particularly as she is in the train station in winter, foreshadowing her eventual fate.

Overall a beautiful film which is well worth viewing. Leigh is beautiful and tragic. 8/10.


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