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Anna Karenina (1935) (1935)

Greta Garbo , Fredric March , Clarence Brown  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Freddie Bartholomew, Maureen O'Sullivan, May Robson
  • Directors: Clarence Brown
  • Writers: Clemence Dane, Leo Tolstoy, S.N. Behrman, Salka Viertel
  • Producers: David O. Selznick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4IIS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,399 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Anna Karenina (1935)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Anna Karenina, dutiful wife and doting mother, knows contentment but not passion. That changes when she meets ardent Count Vronsky. For him, she throws away marriage, family, social position and finally her life. Leo Tolstoy's novel receives sumptuous treatment in David O. Selznick's production. The cast - including Fredric March (as Vronsky), Basil Rathbone, Maureen O'Sullivan and Freddie Bartholomew - is stellar under the direction of Clarence Brown. But the soul of the film is Greta Garbo in a nuanced performance that won the New York Film Critics Best Actress Award. At the height of her art, Garbo is unforgettable as a woman helpless in love's thrall and heartbroken at the loss of her son. Her final scene will haunt you.

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A SCENE IS MISSING FROM THE MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! October 7, 2005
I am a huge fan of Greta Garbo, and I have seen all her movies more than once. I recently bought her Signature DVD collection and I was very happy to own it finally. I was watching "Anna Karenina" on the other day on DVD and I found out that a scene is missing from the movie. In that scene Greta Garbo's character Anna is with Frederic March's character Vronsky in Venice riding a gondola. Then, all of a sudden, a little boy comes to them and shows some tricks and Anna becomes very pleased to see him because he reminded her of her own son. She throws some coins to him. The missing scene is actually a part of this scene. That same boy brings all his friends from his neighborhood and they are all starting to do the same tricks as he was doing to get more coins. The whole scene takes approximately 5 minutes.
First, I thought that my DVD might have been defected, but I was so determined to find out that I actually bought another DVD just to prove myself that it is not defected. The production did skip that scene from the DVD. In May I went to see this movie on a big screen at UCLA and the scene was there. So if you are a picky person like me I would not recommend you to buy this DVD till the Warner Brothers will correct that mistake.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Second Time Around January 8, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
Anna Karenina (Greta Garbo) is a married woman who finds herself falling in love with the man (Fredric March) her sister (Maureen O' Sullivan) is in love with. It is absolutely taboo for her to even consider taking her new love on as a lover, especially since she has a young son (Freddie Bartholomew) who she adores. However, it is difficult for her to live under the frightening gaze of her rigid husband (Basil Rathbone) so she submits to her feelings.

The novel Anna Karenina is incredibly long so it is obvious that a lot was cut to bring it to a 95 minute film. However, the formation of the relationship between Garbo and March is difficult to believe since there is so little time for it to develop. Their early scenes seem stiff and without feeling. The overall story is also muddled with various events probably important in the novel but seemingly insignificant in the film.

This is the second version of this classic story that Garbo brought to the screen, the first being the silent film Love. As a result, she is natural in the role. However, her performance does not change the dull script.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GARBO THE GREAT November 12, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The classic novel by Tolstoy is something more than a tale of sin and retribution, old style. Each character, while being completely individual, is just as completely a product of class and time and envirnment. The word "doomed" is used in the dialogue, and though as a word, under the circumstances, it echoes with suggestions of melodrama and mock-heroics, it has this accuracy in it, that it suggests the fatal and inescapable power with which tradition, position and point of view worked upon the Russian aristocracy of the period. With a firm foundation to stand on, Garbo portrays Anna with rare depth and beauty, as a gentlewoman of charm and poise, radiating a calm and enchanting loveliness, in who a great passion awakes, stirring up profound emotions and sufferings. She does it so quietly and subtly that you never catch her in the act of working to create an effect. It is as natural and true as if you were being permitted to eavesdrop on a woman in moments of most complete unselfconsciousness, so intimately herself that the make-up box seems a million miles away. This creation is the soul of the picture, and gives it its whole unity and meaning. Whether or not you are fascinated by Fredric March, Garbo makes you believe that he fascinated Anna, and on that belief the entire structure of the drama depends. Other actors fill the scene with varying effect, among whom Basil Rathbone, Phoebe Foster, and Constance Collier - help substantially in building the setting in which Anna's love was so foreordained to tragedy.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overated missed opportunity June 28, 2007
In the Garbo canon, this film surely must rate as the biggest missed opportunity of her career. All the ingredients should have contributed to a memorable film but after a good start, it just doesn't happen.

Maybe it is the short running time. A sweeping novel has been understandably truncated but Anna's relationship with Vronsky is not sufficiently developed so their passion is unconvincing. A number of scenes don't lead anywhere e.g. Kitty's marriage scene.

Maybe it's the cast. Basil Rathbone as her husband rises to Garbo's level, superbly generating some sympathy within a stern and cold character and Reginald Owen is excellent as her brother. Freddie Bartholomew is awful with his acting school diction and delivery. Fredric March starts well, dashing and magnetic, but becomes mechanical and unconvincing as the film develops. Maureen O'Sullivan, no one's idea of a Russian or Garbo's sister, overacts in a simpering and cloying manner.

Maybe it's the script and direction. The first 20 minutes are by far the best with a terrific scene when March and his colleagues drink and eat and as the film moves to the memorable introduction of Garbo through the steam of a train and shows her empathy and warmth as she deals with her errant brother. From there, it is a gradual downhill slide plodding along lugubriously and generating little passion. It is as if everyone ran out of interest, even Garbo.

Maybe it was the censorship which caused so many of these problems. Anna Karenina is an adulteress so it is likely that any scenes of real passion would have been curtailed.

The print of the film has not been restored and is dirty with white lines appearing often. At least one scene is missing as noted by another reviewer and there are no extras except the original trailer. Unless the film is purchased as part of one of the Garbo collections, it is not good value.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A star-studded masterpiece
This is the tragic story of a married woman, Anna Karenina who falls in love with Count Vronsky, and follows her heart despite her husband's refusal to grant a divorce. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Rama Rao
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute bests version of this timeless love story.
I love this story, and I do love the Anna Karena with Vivien Leigh: however, I recently viewed this version on TCM with Greta Garbo and Fredric March and was blown away from the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jackie Curley
4.0 out of 5 stars Tolstoy in 90 Minutes!
Tolstoy's love triangle ( Anna-Vronsky-Karenin) is fairly well depicted, at a breakneck pace. Levin and Kitty are pretty much omitted, as is rural Russia and the muzhiks. Read more
Published 5 months ago by William M. Augusta
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked Freddie Bartholomew in this movie.
I've upgraded this movie from one star to three because I love Freddie Bartholomew. I did not think much of the acting of Greta Garbo, but I just love Freddie Bartholomew. Read more
Published 6 months ago by prince of reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I still love Greta Garbo
My wife had just finished reading Anna Karenina (I plan on reading it someday) and I love Greta Garbo, so we both agreed to watch this film. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Diego Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Greta Garbo Is Splendid In The Role Of Anna Karenina
Beautiful Greta Garbo is Anna Karenina in this 1935 film. Anna is married to Czarist official Karenin played by Basil Rathbone. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Louise
4.0 out of 5 stars Best "Anna" film
This version of Anna Karenina is still the best depiction of the great novel. Later versions suffer from overdone sets and too much contemporary fluff.
Published 14 months ago by Reader Melanie
5.0 out of 5 stars A GIFT
I bought this as a gift for an Aunt who loved the movie and had it on VHS but her VHS player works no more- she loved it!
Published 14 months ago by Diane McGee
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Anna of all!
The only convincing Anna of all the film versions, Russian included! Garbo alone conveys what Tolstoy conveys about the character. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Whistling in Paris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Doesn't Greta Garbo say it all. Also it's a timeless theme, as it has been made into a ballet and so many stars have played Anna.
Published 15 months ago by emily kettner
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