Anna Karenina (1977) 1 Season 1977

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6. Anna Karenina Episode 6 TV-Y CC

Levin and Kitty marry and soon after, Kitty discovers that she is pregnant.

Starring:
Victoria Allum, Nicola Pagett
Runtime:
53 minutes
Original air date:
October 30, 1977

Anna Karenina Episode 6

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109 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Robert Atchison on October 8, 2003
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I hadn't seen this series for many years when the DVD from Amazon arrived a few days ago. The series was done in 1978 and stars Nicola Pagett of Upstairs Downstairs fame. Seeing it again I am amazed at the accuracy of the presentation and the acting. If you are lucky enough to have this DVD series you will be seeing the best depiction of Russia in the last years of the reign of Alexander II. The interiors, the mode of life and even the way the actors speak is as close as anything has come to the times. The uniforms are incredible because they had a special consultant who made sure they were right; when Vronsky appears wearing the uniform of the Preobrajensky Regiment he has the right one - even down to one appropriate to the time of day and season. I have to say that Stuart Wilson does an amazing job as Vronsky - no one has come within a hundred miles of his presentation of the role. Nicola Pagett is Anna reincarnated, her suicidal descent into darkness and death is almost unbearable to watch. This is a must have DVD for anyone who loves Tolstoy's book and Imperial Russia, get it today. This is a 100%+ review on a great series. Thank you to Time Life Video for bring it back. Let's hope "By The Sword Divided" is next....
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Extollager on February 11, 2004
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Over twenty years ago, American TV viewers were treated to five outstanding dramatizations -- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Guinness), Crime and Punishment (John Hurt), The Mayor of Casterbridge (Bates), Anna Karenina (the present miniseries with Padgett and Porter), and Our Mutual Friend, with Leo McKern (star of Rumpole of the Bailey) as Noddy Boffin, and Jane Seymour as Bella Wilfer. Much to my delight, these series have been appearing as videocassettes or DVDs -- except (so far) for Our Mutual Friend. One to go! I do hope it becomes available soon. Surely Ms. Seymour's fans and Mr. McKern's would support that.
This Anna Karenina series is excellent. While there is no substitute for reading -- and rereading -- Tolstoy's astonishing novel, this miniseries stays close not only to Tolstoy's characterizations and plot, but to the book's tone. We are engrossed in the story and in these people's lives, and yet neither Tolstoy nor the TV adaptation attempt to make us "lose ourselves." We are thinking, assessing, questioning. The TV serial, interestingly, eschews soundtrack (aside from opening titles and playout) and tricks of camera angles and lighting. The performers rose to the challenge of carrying the series with integrity.
Anna Karenina was one of television's finest offerings. I've waited for years to see it again!
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Elaine M. on November 12, 2004
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I must have watched a different mini-series from the reviewer before me, because I enjoyed this Anna Karenina immensely - so much so that I came here to buy it after watching it via renting it. Nicola Pagett, Eric Porter, and Stuart Wilson were perfectly cast. Nicola as Anna was tremendously touching and vivid in the role of Anna and Stuart as Vronsky was every bit the selfish playboy, caught up and surprised by a love affair that destroys so many lives. Eric Porter as Karenin is perfect, rigid on the outside with a veritable volcano of emotions boiling within.

Yes, the production values leave a lot to be desired, but you have to take into account this was a television show filmed in the 70s. The color of the characters, and the strength of the cast, and the perfect dialogue and almost-perfect rendering of one of the greatest novels of all time makes up for the disappointing sets.

I love this mini-series. If you enjoy acting of the highest order and a perfect ensemble cast, then you will enjoy this Anna Karenina.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marcco99 on March 5, 2009
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my favorite greta garbo performance has always been her 'anna karenina' from 1935. amazing, and typical of la garbo's many characterizations of women walking through the FIRES OF HELL for love. such grand passion. i love this film, but i've also realized that this MGM production is an EXTREMELY streamlined version of tolstoy's epic novel, so i have always kept on a lookout for a more full-bodied version of 'anna' for comparison.

i've seen vivien leigh's 1948 version, jacqueline bisset's 1985 3 hour tv version, the 4 hour bbc miniseries from 2000, and even sophie marceau's 1997 film version....but somehow when watching these different versions i could not connect to or have any sympathy for the character of 'anna'....even though all of the actresses in these versions were first rate.

i finally came to the conclusion that it was not really the actresses' fault, it was in the writing itself ...a two-hour film or four-hour miniseries is not enough time to be faithful to the COMPLETE tolstoy novel or to develop the characters deeply enough.

the anna that recovers from her near-deadly illness changes so quickly and is such a different woman in the latter half of the story...unbalanced, highly delusional. gone is garbo's sublime descent into madness... no film has replicated it ... and also, the dramatic arc of the storyline itself seems off to me somehow.

however, when i became aware of this 1977 bbc miniseries of 'anna karenina' i immediately bought it sight unseen!

the 1970's bbc television adaptions of history and literary works are just unequalled in terms of its peerless writing and exceptional acting, sheer greatness...
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