Masterpiece Classic: Anna Karenina 1 Season 2001

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1. Masterpiece Classic: Anna Karenina, Part 1 TV-PG CC

In 1872, Anna Karenina travels by train from St. Petersburg to Moscow to sort out her brother's troubled marriage. While there, a dashing cavalry officer, Vronsky, falls madly in love with her.

Starring:
Douglas Henshall, Kazimiera Utrata
Runtime:
1 hour, 55 minutes
Original air date:
February 18, 2001

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Customer Reviews

Good Story, well acted, moved along well.
Doug Lowe
She was just a little bit over the top, almost all the time; just wanted to "smack her" at times and often wondered why Karenin and Vronsky didn't.
Cathy Sadler
"Anna" has done many times, and I think I like this as one of the best as it stays true to the book.
Cynthia R. Peterson

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3 1/2 STARS -- THIS VERSION HAS MORE NATURAL OR REALISTIC ACTING STYLE, FAITHFUL AND THOROUGH -- BUT LESS COMPELLING LEAD PAIR

2000 Materpiece Theater with Helen McCrory and Kevin McKidd
A more natural cinematic acting voice (rather than stage acting), and perhaps more authentic period detail in some ways will make this a worthy favorite for many viewers. It is faithful to Tolstoy's novel, yet updates the dialog in its effort to be more realistic. Melodrama is exchanged for raw emotion in its place. The run time is lengthy enough to do justice, yet more digestible than the BBC version. All the important pivot points, themes and foreshadowing are here as well as the emphasis on social, gender and class issues. More natural moments of passion and humor are injected to ensure the piece has life and support the realistic bent.

This version is realistic, but the actors for the central pair Anna and Vronsky are less compelling than many versions. Vronsky is more manly (more the soldier) than any version I have seen, but less aristocratic or dashing. Anna is terrific, but her charm and appearance do not inspire for me the devotion and sacrifice required. In real life attraction is a tricky thing so I would still say this is realistic. The production as a whole has a less epic feel by design. Despite its virtues, it is not my favorite.

BRIEF COMPARISONS TO OTHER EDITIONS with links to the product (this list is not comprehensive and I apologize if a favored version is not represented. I already watched nearly 24 hrs of video not counting research and writing!) This list is not in order of precedence and each version has merits. You can see slightly more detailed versions of my reviews like the paragraph above by going to each product page.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By deborah on February 26, 2013
This version fills in a lot more detail than others about the relationship between Anna and Vronsky, as well as the "mirror image" relationship of Kitty and Levin. Anna and Vronsky's relationship is portrayed in a very positive light throughout most of the film, so that I wound up feeling compassion rather than disgust for Anna - even though it is her own unwillingness to accept that her decisions have a cost that ultimately leads to her throwing herself under a train. It also portrayed her husband Karenin in a repulsive way, so that the compassion he really deserves is harder to feel.

Despite the masterfully protagonistic portrayal of Anna, her character is ultimately impossible to like or respect. She never says she's sorry except to manipulate a situation, and up to the end is oblivious to anyone's pain or sacrifice but her own. I do like Vronsky in almost every version, and in this one particularly he is portrayed as being clearly, sincerely, exclusively, permanently in love with her. There is no ambiguity about the sincerity of his attachment in this version. Unfortunately, this made me want to yell at Anna many times as she descends into a morphine-addicted haze and constantly accuses him of not loving her, or not loving her enough.

This version showed with considerably more clarity how Levin's and Kitty's relationship is the much healthier reverse of Vronsky and Anna's. Vronsky's instant crush leads to an illicit relationship doomed from the beginning by his and Anna's misconception that they need nothing else but each other.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debbs on February 20, 2013
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Altough the acting could be quite superb at times, I found the movie fragmented, anxious and tedious at times. Pehaps with a different director/producer it would have been more apealing. I don't know. I would not recommend this version. Perhaps another version of Anna Karenina would be more appealing to me.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia R. Peterson on December 14, 2012
This is possibly the best romance story ever told. Many books and movies have wove some element of this story because it is so great. If you have read the book (many pages!) this movie stays very much true to the book. The book tells of the great beauty of Anna, so much so that everyone who sees her, are struck with that beauty. That's a tough act to follow, maybe Elizabeth Taylor could have pulled it off. The actoriss in this story is very talented, and she is beautiful, maybe not Anna Karenina beautiful, but IMHO her talent pulls it off. And sure, if you have never been in nuorotic crazy love, the movie may be lost on you. The filming and sets are well done, actors are excellent. Masterpice Theater always does a "master" job. I just finished reading Anna Karenina again (read it many years ago) when I heard there was a new movie released on it. I checked Amazon Prime to see if they had at least one of the old versions of "Anna", and found this. "Anna" has done many times, and I think I like this as one of the best as it stays true to the book. Incidently the author of the book the movie was based on, really has some other legendary "have to read in your lifetime" books, and many consider "Anna" his best and closest to his real life.
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