Anna Karenina

United States, 1936

Film
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A sumptuous Hollywood version of Tolstoy’s classic novel. With lavish production design and magnificent cinematography “Anna Karenina” is a stunning example of Hollywood romantic cinema. The film eschews Tolstoy’s detailed examination of Anna and Karenin’s failed marriage, and it dilutes the author’s condemnation of Russian society’s sexual hypocrisy. But at its centre the film has the ravishing Greta Garbo. From her first appearance in close-up to her final tragic scene, Garbo enriches the film with the grandeur and power of her screen persona. The film also stars Frederic March, Basil Rathbone and Maureen O’Sullivan but it is Garbo’s film: her mythic presence is wonderfully right for this version of Tolstoy’s tragedy.

Credits

production company

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

producer

David O. Selznick

Duration

01:36:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1936

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

303976

Language

English

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Adaptations

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Literature → Russian literature - Film and video adaptations

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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