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Anna Karenina (1948)

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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.

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Cast

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 Tversky
Marie Lohr
as Princess Scherbatsky
Michael Gough
as Nicholai
Hugh Dempster
as Stefan Oblonsky
Mary Kerridge
as Dolly Oblonsky
Heather Thatcher
as Countess Lydia Ivanova
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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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.

May 1, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

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

January 13, 2006 | Rating: 5/5
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