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Anna Karenina (1948)

Anna Karenina





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This 1948 adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina was produced in England by Alexander Korda, and released in the US by 20th Century-Fox. Vivien Leigh plays the title role, a 19th-century Russian gentlewoman married to Czarist official Ralph Richardson. Though her marriage is not intolerable, Anna is swept off her feet by dashing young military officer Vronsky, played by Kieron Moore. The ensuing scandal ruins Anna's status in society. Anna Karenina had previously been filmed twice in Hollywood, with both versions starring Greta Garbo.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Classics
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Written By: Leo Tolstoy, Jean Anouilh, Guy Morgan, Julien Duvivier
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On DVD: Aug 25, 1998
Criterion Collection


Vivien Leigh
as Anna Karenina
Ralph Richardson
as Alexei Karenin
Kieron Moore
as Count Vronsky
Sally Ann Howes
as Kitty Scherbatsky
Martita Hunt
as Princess Betty Tvers...
Marie Lohr
as Princess Scherbatsky
Michael Gough
as Nicholai
Hugh Dempster
as Stefan Oblonsky
Mary Kerridge
as Dolly Oblonsky
Heather Thatcher
as Countess Lydia Ivano...
Helen Hayes
as Countess Vronsky
Austin Trevor
as Col. Vronsky
Ruby Miller
as Countess Meskov
John Longden
as Gen. Serpuhousky
Gino Cervi
as Enrico
Frank Tickle
as Prince Scherbatsky
Mary Martlew
as Princess Nathalia
Ann South
as Princess Sorokina
Guy Verney
as Prince Makhotin
Judith Nelmes
as Miss Hull
Helen Haye
as Countess Vronsky
John Salew
as Lawyer
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Critic Reviews for Anna Karenina

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This version of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, made A.G. (After Garbo), was not a success when it was first released, and it's still a failure now, but it's an often exquisitely sumptuous misfire, all the same.

Full Review… | May 1, 2007
Slant Magazine

Superb film version of the Tolstoy novel, with an extraordinary Vivien Leigh at the peak of her beauty and talent.

Full Review… | January 13, 2006
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Anna Karenina

I know there are several versions of this movie and this is the only one I have seen. Ahhhhh.....Vivien Leigh, beautiful, airy and charming and then goes a little crazy from guilt over her love affair. This is a tragic story of love, passion and adultery, well acted and very enjoyable. Ralph Richardson is perfect as the stuffy, self important, preoccupied husband. Well done.

Robin P.

this movie was great...she was kind of a disterbed women she just packed up and left her husband who was more than willing to forgive her and take her back when she thought she was dieing and then when she got well just left her husband and her son to be with her lover...her husband tried to do wut was right and tried to be the bigger man...but she was just i dont even know how to describe it i loved this movie

Maura C

leigh's anna has gotten some hard knocks because of garbo's double success with the role. her anna is different and this film is a sumptuous setting for it.

darryl clark

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