Anna Karenina

  • 1947
  • 2 HR 19 MIN
  • NR
  • Drama

This remake of the Garbo classic has different values and approaches that enhance Vivien Leigh's magnetic performance as the ill-starred Anna, who leaves her stuffy bureaucrat husband, Karenin (Richardson), for an adventurous army officer, Vronsky (Moore), only to be discarded and sent to suicide in front of an onrushing train when husband, child, and lover...read more

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This remake of the Garbo classic has different values and approaches that enhance Vivien Leigh's magnetic performance as the ill-starred Anna, who leaves her stuffy bureaucrat husband, Karenin (Richardson), for an adventurous army officer, Vronsky (Moore), only to be discarded and sent

to suicide in front of an onrushing train when husband, child, and lover are lost to her. Unlike the 1935 version, which also downplayed the novel's subplots far more, the psychological elements of this tragedy are underscored and registered with powerful impact through Leigh, whose raw emotions

distort and finally destroy a once orderly, though predictably dull, life. Leigh is positively riveting, and Richardson as the priggish, pompous government official is properly vengeful and vexing. Only the very handsome Moore, in the admittedly colorless role as the self-centered lover, is a

letdown, delivering a sometimes bland performance. Korda's production, though perhaps overlong, is truly spectacular, with a great supporting cast, countless extras, and authentic 19th-century sets that are mouth-openers. Duvivier's direction is moody and fast-paced, highlighted by sometimes

frightening effects, with angles and cuts that reflect the image of a woman slipping deeper and deeper into her own destruction.

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