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Anna Karenina (1935)




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In this filmization of Leo Tolstoy's novel, Greta Garbo plays the sheltered wife of Czarist official Rathbone. Intending to dissuade Rathbone's brother from a life of debauchery, Garbo is sidetracked by her own fascination with a dashing military officer. However, this indiscreet liaison ruins Garbo's position in 19th-century Russian society.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Greta Garbo
as Anna Karenina
Fredric March
as Count Vronsky
Basil Rathbone
as Karenin
May Robson
as Countess Vronsky
Reginald Denny
as Yashvin
Gyles Isham
as Levin
Buster Phelps
as Grisha
Ella Ethridge
as Anna's Maid
Joan Marsh
as Lill
Mary Forbes
as Princess Sorokino
Ethel Griffies
as Mme. Karatasoff
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Critic Reviews for Anna Karenina

All Critics (9)

On the whole, Anna Karenina is a picture of merit. It is decorative, well-meaning, and full of neat encounters, and it certainly presents a Garbo in the high summer of her maturity, richer and more mellow than she has ever been before.

Full Review… | October 30, 2015
Observer (UK)

This lavish, MGM production surely excises some of the important details from Leo Tolstoy's novel, but makes up for it with the luminous presence of Greta Garbo and some gorgeous cinematography.

Full Review… | February 4, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

Garbo, who also starred in the 1927 silent version of the Tolstoy story, is radiant and vulnerable throughout the film, the centre of the emotional storm that engulfs her.

Full Review… | April 5, 2008
Urban Cinefile

In her 23rd film, Garbo's luminous performance, as the audlterous protag of Tolstoy's novel, is way above the mediocre level of the narrative and direction; the film is a remake of Love, in which Garbo starred opposite her then lover John Gilbert.

Full Review… | September 22, 2007

Given the full glossy MGM treatment.

Full Review… | March 8, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Garbo speaks again in one of her best.

November 1, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for Anna Karenina


First of i don't get what the big deal is with greta garbo. This movie has one of the old movie pet peeves, a character who falls in love at first sight inexplicably and its the strongest love ever known to history like they are a couple of teenagers. And as soon as they are in love they fall out of it. I gotta say i agree with the De facto villain, Anna's husband, on almost all of his points. Hes right about everything and expresses it so bluntly, what a bad ass. There is just nothing interesting about this movie, no great lines or great scenes. Derivative and forgetful.

Alex Wolf Rkc
Alex Wolf Rkc

Good in a golden age of Hollywood kind of way.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Has the customary MGM sheen and Garbo is good as always but still heavy going.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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