Anna Karenina (1935)
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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.
Anna is the neglected wife of Russian aristocrat/bureaucrat, Karenin, haughtily portrayed by Basil Rathbone. Karenin is consumed by his career and social standing. It seems that the only reason he married Anna and had a son with her is to enhance his "respectibility" in society.
When a handsome officer, Count Vronsky, played with conviction by Frederic March, understandably is infatuated by the astonishingly beautiful and charming Anna, he makes this known to her. He is persistent in his pursuit of her.
At first Anna is reticent to his charms, but eventually succumbs. This story takes place during the 1800's under the reign of Czar Nicholas I of Russia. In this era, there was a strict and judgmental social code. Adultery was treated like a crime or a contagious disease, and Anna finds herself the object of scorn and ridicule among society.
Anna's husband Karenin refuses to grant Anna a divorce and tells their son that Anna is dead when she flees to Venice with Vronsky. Eventually Anna becomes a social outcast because of her affair, and Vronsky begins to suffocate from their relationship. He decides to go off to war rather than be with Anna constantly.
Devasted by Vronsky's abandonment and shunned by society, Anna's fate is tragic.
I can imagine few other actresses than Greta Garbo who could so realistically embody the character of Anna. Anna is essentially a good person, a loving mother, and dutiful wife.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful movie but edited severely. I didn't like Frederick March as the lover of Anna. Basil Rathbone, however, was perfectly cast as Count Karenina. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Imhoff
Not a really inventive adaptation, but the performances from Rathbone, Garbo, and March are fun. One great shot early on at a crowded dinner table.Published 5 months ago by D. A. Conrad
My first Garbo movie - expected old-fashioned over-acting and was pleased to see nice, natural performance. Read morePublished 6 months ago by lizzybethc
I purchase tis movie to show at the assisted living home my father lived at they all loved itPublished 8 months ago by craig potts
Gloomy but Garbo is great , Frederick March not good looking enough. Should have had Tyrone Power or Robert Taylor. Much better than Vivian Leigh version!Published 8 months ago by Robert L Scott
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