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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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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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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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Release Date:

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Opening credits: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Everything was in confusion in the Oblonsky's House. See more »

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U.S. release version runs approximately 112 minutes. This is the version issued by Fox DVD in 2007. See more »

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Worthy but I do prefer Garbo's
31 July 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Greta Garbo's 1935 film is not perfect. As much as I like Fredric March in most films(primarily Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) I found him ill suited for Vronsky. However, it was visually stunning with a heart-rending suicide scene as well as superb performances from Garbo and Basil Rathbone. This 1948 film, starring Vivien Leigh this time, is worthy but I do prefer Garbo's personally. As with any film adaptation of the book, the film does deserve credit for compressing a long book into a just over 130 minute film. While there are scenes that are inevitably not as powerful, it does do credibly and perhaps adaptation-wise it is a little superior to Garbo's film. However, the screenplay while literate and thoughtful in some parts is also rather thin to sustain the story in others. Consequently the film does feel overlong and there are times also where it feels turgid pacing-wise. And as much as I hate to say it, as handsome as Kieron Moore is I found him as Vronsky miscast, he is too dull and the conviction of drama is lost for my liking. There is still much to like though. It is sumptuously filmed, with ornate settings and costumes, and the score is of poignant delicacy. It is beautifully directed by Julien Duvivier, and apart from Moore I thought the cast were fine. It was lovely to see Sally Ann Howes, Martita Hunt and Michael Gough and Vivien Leigh as ever gives a dazzlingly beautiful performance in the title role, but the acting honours go to Ralph Richardson whose Karenin is authoritative and superbly unbending. In conclusion, a worthy film adaptation. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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