Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Director: Clarence Brown Cast: Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Freddie Bartholomew

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This second filmization of Leo Tolstoy's novel is widely regarded as the best version. Greta Garbo plays the title character, the sheltered wife of Czarist official Rathbone. Intending to dissuade Rathbone's brother (Reginald Owen) from a life of debauchery, Garbo is sidetracked by her own fascination with dashing military officer Fredric March. This indiscreet liaison ruins Garbo's marriage and position in 19th century Russian society; she is even prohibited from seeing her own son (Freddie Bartholomew). In keeping with the censorial strictures of 1935 Hollywood, Anna Karenina is extremely careful in the staging of its final suicide sequence, allowing the audience to determine for itself whether or not Garbo's desperate act of throwing herself under wheels of a train is intentional. Outside of the expected superb performances of Garbo and March, the film's most fascinating characterization is offered by Basil Rathbone, whose cold cruelty in banishing his wife is shown to be the by-product of his own broken heart (though Rathbone never allows himself to descend into cheap sentiment). The first film version of Anna Karenina was the 1927 silent feature Love, also starring Garbo, which substituted an imbecilic happy ending for Tolstoy's bleak denouement (there would be an acceptable third version in 1948, starring Vivien Leigh. The 1935 Anna Karenina is arguably the finest accomplishment of the felicitous 1930s alliance between star Greta Garbo, director Clarence Brown and cinematographer William Daniels.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2019
UPC: 0883929689903
Original Release: 1935
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 3,703

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greta Garbo Anna Karenina
Fredric March Vronsky
Freddie Bartholomew Sergei
Basil Rathbone Karenin
Maureen O'Sullivan Kitty
May Robson Countess Vronsky
Reginald Owen Stiva
Reginald Denny Yashvin
Phoebe Foster Dolly
Gyles Isham Levin
Buster Phelps Grisha
Ella Ethridge Anna's Maid
Joan Marsh Lili
Sidney Bracey Vronsky's Valet
Cora Sue Collins Tania
Guy D'Ennery Tutor
Harry Allen Cord
Mary Forbes Princess Sorokino
Ethel Griffies Mme. Karatasoff
Harry Beresford Matve
Joseph R. Tozer Butler

Technical Credits
Clarence Brown Director
S.N. Behrmann Screenwriter
Clemence Dane Screenwriter
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Chester Hale Choreography
Robert J. Kearn Editor
David O. Selznick Producer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Leo Tolstoy Source Author
Salka Viertel Screenwriter
Marguerite Wallmann Choreography

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Anna Karenina
1. Credits. [1:09]
2. Russian Revelry. [3:40]
3. Drinking And Bathing. [3:07]
4. Train Station. [3:27]
5. Family Affairs. [5:42]
6. The Ball. [4:51]
7. The Mazurka. [3:24]
8. Fellow Passengers. [2:43]
9. Family Reunion. [4:36]
10. Gossip And Guilt. [3:41]
11. Will You Always? [2:54]
12. For Appearances's Sake. [2:36]
13. Messages To Vronsky. [3:08]
14. For Love Of Anna. [2:39]
15. Fallen Rider. [2:48]
16. At What Cost? [3:24]
17. Go Away With Me. [2:42]
18. Punished. [3:31]
19. Your Mother Is Dead. [2:43]
20. Brazen Outsiders. [3:51]
21. Spectacle At The Opera. [5:15]
22. Visiting Sergei. [4:48]
23. Unbearable Truth. [5:05]
24. Penalty. [5:29]
25. Train Departures. [3:17]
26. Forgiven. [1:13]
27. Cast List. [:45]

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