Anna Karenina (1961)
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Anna Karenina (Bloom), the young wife of Russian diplomat Karenin (Goring), is on a mission of mercy to help her brother Oblonsky patch things up with his wife after an injudicious affair, when she meets the dashing soldier, Vronsky (Connery). Anna is soon swept off her feet by Vronsky and begins an affair of her own. When Karenin finds out, he offers to forgive Anna if she will leave Vronsky, but she refuses, a decision which will have tragic consequences. Tolstoy's novel of infidelity and its haunting aftereffects has been adapted for film many times but none so moving as this deeply poignant, neglected gem.]]>
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Called away from her husband and son in order to help resolve a rift in her brother's marriage, Anna Karenina (Bloom) meets by chance the dashing Count Vronsky (Connery). Having already resigned herself to a passionless life, counting the days until old age, Anna is completely unprepared for the romance which will soon overtake her. Abandoning cold husband Alexei (Albert Lieven), she runs away with Vronsky, but upon their return to Russia, Anna finds life as a social outcast too much to bear. Shunned by the people who were meant to be friends, paranoid about Vronsky's seemingly waning passion, and desperately missing her son, Anna's final act is somehow the fulfilment of her ultimate destiny...
"Anna Karenina" scholars will be a little disappointed at what's missing in this version (the characters of Dolly and Kitty are turned into quite minor figures, Anna's son Sergei doesn't appear until the last act, and Levin doesn't even feature), but what this severely-condensed version of the story leaves out is more than compensated with the performance of Claire Bloom as Anna. One of the great classical actresses of her generation, Bloom gives us a more delicate Anna, with a beautifully haunted quality. Often she doesn't even have to say anything, the camera has only to focus on her dark, expressive eyes, and the performance is there.Read more ›
Claire. Bloom is ideally cast and.is captured here at the height of her loveliness. Despite bringing great intelligence and emotional power to. Anna she remains calculated and never reaches the heights of. Vivien. Leigh"s supreme performance 12 years earlier. This is a great example of live television drama and a fantastic achievement for it's time by the. B. B. C. Are there any more. Masterpieces hidden in their vaults? See this one if you can. It is memorable on all levels. Luv, diana
This 'classic' adaptation of Anna Karenina is a fantastic look back at the making of a movie star. Sean is excellent despite the presence of the scottish accent and showcases his true talent in a drama.
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Film is fine; however I thought it would be spoken in Russian for my training but it is in English.Published 3 months ago by Bob Lacerda
can not see half of the movie is stopped and the image no longer appearsPublished 17 months ago by Rou
Sadly I wanted to enjoy this film, but the budget must have been so low cause it was all shot in one room, poor script. Vivian Leigh's version will always shine the bestPublished on June 12, 2014 by Semtex Girl
The only believable actors were the supporting cast. What a shame, I have collected every copy of Anna K. I could find and this is the first one I was disappointed in.Published on October 25, 2013 by Arlynne S Olk