When Anna Karenina (Greta Garbo) and Count Vronsky (Fredric March) meet, they fall in love. Unfortunately, Anna is already married to Karenin (Basil Rathbone), a man who prides himself on honor and respectability. Not only does Anna's husband prohibit granting his wife a divorce, but he also refuses to allow her to see her son, Sergei (Freddie Bartholomew). Anna decides to leave the country with Vronsky, and, away from Russia, the two are happy. But will bliss last?
- This is the second time Greta Garbo has played the role of Anna Karenina. In 1927, she starred in a silent movie version of the tale, called Love, opposite then-lover John Gilbert.
I find this to be the best talkie adaptation of Anna Karenina (although my favorite version is 1927's Love).
Of course, it's nearly impossible to fit everything from Tolstoy's epic novel into a film. This movie mainly focused on Anna and Vronsky's relationship, which was perfect for me since those were my favorite parts in the book.
Some of the best scenes include the first time Vronsky sees Anna through a cloud of smoke at the train station, when the two are playing a 'conversational game' of croquet, and when they're out together on the balcony after leaving the other world behind.
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