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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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
Jeremy Spenser
as Giuseppe
Leslie E. Bradley
as Korsunsky
Gino Cervi
as Enrico
Frank Tickle
as Prince Scherbatsky
Mary Martlew
as Princess Nathalia
Ann South
as Princess Sorokina
Guy Verney
as Prince Makhotin
Beckett Bould
as Matvey
Judith Nelmes
as Miss Hull
Valentina Murch
as Annushka
Therese Giehse
as Marietta
Helen Haye
as Countess Vronsky
John Salew
as Lawyer
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Critic Reviews for Anna Karenina

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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.

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.

January 12, 2006
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Anna Karenina


Sad story of doomed russian lovers. Vivien leigh was great and i loved the russian 1900 aristocratic set designs and costumes. Makes you remember how important ur reputation was back then. I liked the script as well. Only thing was i wish they wouldve delved more into her spiraling mental state before she kills herself, seemed a bit rushed.

Kim Bangert
Kim Bangert

I see nothing for us here but sorrow and despair. Anna Karenina is married with a son and resides in St. Petersburg Russia with her aristocrat husband. One inauspicious day she meets a young gentleman and they instantly fall in love and begin an affair. Her husband initially seeks a divorce but it gets complicated and Anna runs off with her love but losses access to her son. When she can't see her son for an extended period of time, she questions her relationships and existence. "Why not turn out the lights when there's nothing more to be seen?" Julien Duvivier, director of Deadlier than the Male, Under the Paris Sky, Panic, Captain Blackjack, On Trial, and The High Life, delivers Anna Karenina. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and the characters are well developed and portrayed. The cast delivers excellent performances and includes Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson, Sally Ann Howes, Michael Gough, and Marie Lohr. "In the name of love people think they can do anything." I was excited to watch Anna Karenina based on the upcoming remake scheduled for release later this month. I am also a fan of Vivien Leigh and was excited to see her in the lead role. I was thoroughly impressed by the evolution of her character and the ending was perfect. I strongly recommend seeing this picture. "She has that fatal blend of innocence and corruption." Grade: A-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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.
Robin P.

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