Anna Karenina (1967)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The novel's opening sequence is the prelude for this classical story, of infidelity and boredom (In the same mood of Madame Bovary, Tess and Effie Briest). Read morePublished 14 months ago by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
I love the cranes are flying so I had to find a film with tatyana samoylova. I love this film.Published 17 months ago by Tara M. Klly
Wanted to watch it as an antidote to the one with Keira Knightley. So bought it for my wife and actually liked it myself. Read morePublished on September 27, 2014 by Alexei Merkoulov
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 morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Crystal Nelson
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 morePublished on February 11, 2013 by russianlady
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
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 morePublished on November 5, 2011 by Deb Ginther
I recently purchased the movie "Anna Karenina", and wanted to thank you. Excellent quality, wonderful translation.