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Anna Karenina (1967) (1967)

Tatyana Samoylova , Nikolai Gritsenko , Aleksandr Zarkhi  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tatyana Samoylova, Nikolai Gritsenko, Vasili Lanovoy, Yuriy Yakovlev, Boris Goldayev
  • Directors: Aleksandr Zarkhi
  • Writers: Aleksandr Zarkhi, Leo Tolstoy, Vasily Katanyan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Unknown), French (Unknown), Russian (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I8OOHE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,740 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Anna Karenina (1967)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Thoughts About Leo Tolstoy" (21 min.) - A Short Film about Leo Tolstoy's life and home
  • "Chronikle" (11 min.) Rare film footage of Leo Tolstoy at the end of his life
  • "The Making of Anna Karenina" (3 min.)
  • Video Interviews with the director, actors, and cameraman
  • Leo Tolstoy Biography
  • Photo Album
  • Cast & Crew Biographies/Filmographies

Editorial Reviews

In pre-revolutionary Moscow, Anna (The Cranes Are Flying's Cannes award-winning Tatiana Samoilova), a beautiful young aristocrat, languishes in a loveless marriage to Karenin, a powerful politician and highly visible public figure. When her brother Stiva invites scandal in an impetuous affair with his children's governess, Anna sympathizes with Stiva's faithful wife Dolly. But when Anna's head is turned by the dashing Count Vronsky (Vasili Lanovoy), she finds herself risking her marriage, her family, and her husband's career in pursuit of a romance as self-destructive as it is passionate. The suffocating hypocritical social order that imprisoned Anna in her marriage won't permit her to leave it without paying a tragic price.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An example of excellent book adaptation March 15, 2003
Format:DVD
The picture of this DVD may not be the perfect one (which is a pity) but it is definitely worth watching. This is one on those rare films which prove that a long and complicated book can be filmed. Everything... from actors, who gave some outstanding performances, to sets, is almost exactly as I imagined it while reading the novel. It is not just a romantic story as it is shown in the other film versions, but a very serious, tragic social drama. This film is by far the best adaptation of the great novel.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, but film quality somewhat poor March 8, 2004
Format:DVD
This movie by far keeps the essence of the classic Russian masterpiece. The English versions were awful, and I was very delighted to have the pleasure of viewing this Russian production. The quality of the film is lacking, but nothing terrible. This movie sticks closely to the story except for the absence of "Levin's story". His relationship with Kitty is there, but briefly. No detailed perspective on the importance of his charcter, and no mention of his brother. Also, there was no revelation for Kitty's transformed outlook on life after her sickness and before marrying Levin.
The main storyline with Anna, husband Karenin, and Vronsky was well done. I enjoyed it.
Overall, it was good. I'm glad to have it on my shelf in my colection of Russian movies.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Galina
Format:DVD
I think that Aleksandr Zarkhi's adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's famous novel "Anna Karenina" is one of the best screen versions of the book. It was filmed on the locations where the novel's events took place, its characters speak in the original language, and the spirit of the book was successfully transferred to the screen mostly due to the performances and the cinematography by Leonid Kalashnikov.

Tatiana Samoylova (radiant Veronica of "The Cranes Are Flying") plays Anna exactly as Leo Tolstoy had intended her to be, a victim of overwhelming passion, a woman who had lost herself to love, for whom the whole world had concentrated in her beloved Alexei Vronskiy, and once she felt he had became tired of her, she simply could not and did not want to live. The world famous Soviet ballerina, Maya Plisetskaya took a role of Anna's friend, Princess Betsy Tverskaya and just to see her walk is worth watching the movie. There is much more in it. Some scenes are unforgettable after so many years. Among them, the Vronsky's horse race with the rapid cuts from the faces to horses' heads scene that has to be seen to believe; the first dance of Anna and Vronsky - during the dance the lives of many people had changed forever, or the scene in the theater where Anna dared to show up after she had left her husband and moved in with Vronsky. For a woman of her social position, it was absolutely shocking and totally unforgiving. She was crucified with the looks of the St. Petersburg's Aristocracy but she was standing on the balcony all alone, beautiful and smiling and no one knew what she was going through.

The original music for the film was written by Rodion Shchedrin who would write later the ballet based on "Anna Karenina" and his wife, Maya Plisetskaya will be dancing Anna - but it is a different story altogether
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad DVD of interesting film! February 21, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
What a pity! I've been waiting for almost 35 years to see this film. And when I finally do, it feels like taking a cold shower without warning! Produced by the Russian Cinema Counsil, and distributed by Ruscico/Image, this DVD is a visual mess. Originally filmed in 70mm, this ought to look absolutely splendid; instead, the print (or negative?) used for transfer displays dreadfully washed out colors, lousy contrasts, and looks so soft that it almost made my eyes hurt. Was this really the best source material that could be found in the vaults? I do not think so! Old Soviet archives were famous for taking good care of their cultural heritage (provided, of course, that the artists involved did not do something politically or morally "incorrect"), and this film appealed to the powers in the Kremlin as splendid export material. So what went wrong? Better leave this kind of job to the people at Criterion in the future!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best screen version of Anna Karenina. December 15, 2012
By olympio
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There's a reason Russians do the best film versions of their own literary masterpieces. Educated
Russians, at least until very recent times, have been steeped in their culture and have too much respect
for their literary treasures to go about "improving" them in the Hollywood manner. For them, the question often bandied about in America--"Which was better, the book or the film version?"--is an idiotic one. They know that
no film can ultimately do justice to a great book. A great book ultimately requires the reader to get involved with
it in a way that no film, even a great one, ever can. Images from a film can provoke thought, but they cannot involve the viewer to the overwhelming degree that a conscientious reader can be involved by great literature. This is not to discount the power of images. But it is to recognize the inherent difference between reading and watching, between thinking and looking. Russians know their great works of fiction, and they know that when a film is successful, it is a kind of exaltation of the main themes, characters, and ideas of the book, an invitation to and celebration of the book. Because this is so, Russian moviemakers have traditionally
kept rather close to the essentials of character and plot that are in the book. To do anything less would call down the wrath of the nation.
Hollywood, of course, and other non-Russian moviemakers are bound by no such scruples. Hollywood sees free material (not bound by copyright problems) and instant name recognition in the great classics of the 19th century (not just Russian, but books in other literatures). Hollywood sees a chance to remake the classics in its own image,
where the artist is not bound by the same societal rules as the ordinary mortal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Verison!
This is the best version ever, just for the fact it was played by Russians. Russians understand Leo Tolstov's story, I find a lot other versions aren't as good, because the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Crystal Nelson
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed!!!!!!!!!!
I am very disappointed because the movie parts has been cut out specially in the 1st part, you even can tell where has been cut out by the sound,discoloration and it doesn't making... Read more
Published 14 months ago by russiangirl1979
1.0 out of 5 stars my rate relates to the quality of the product
I received DVD which is partly BLACK AND WHITE, partly IN COLOR
Partly has a SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION, partly have SUBTITLES.
I payed $15.00 to InternationalCDS company. Read more
Published 15 months ago by paulina roth
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this Anna?
I was so excited to see a Russian version of Anna Karenina. The Russians in general have such a flare for romantic drama. This version is a let down. Read more
Published on November 5, 2011 by Deb Ginther
5.0 out of 5 stars Anna Karenina
I recently purchased the movie "Anna Karenina", and wanted to thank you. Excellent quality, wonderful translation.
Great job!!!
Published on July 5, 2010 by Diana Vayserfirova
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more work
If the flickering of the film doesn't give you a headache, then maybe the fact that the English Audio track has roughly 15 - 20 minutes of russian with subtitles that just come and... Read more
Published on June 5, 2003 by M. Daneker
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