Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Director: David Blair Cast: Helen McCrory, Kevin McKidd, Stephen Dillane



In 1978, America's PBS made the wise decision of running the ten-part 1977 British adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's tragic novel Anna Karenina. Twenty-two years later, the Boston-based public TV station WGBH entered into another felicitous partnership with the BBC, and the result was a shorter (four-part), but no less vivid adaptation of the oft-filmed Tolstoy work. Naturally, the main emphasis was on the triangular relationship between the titular Anna (Helen McCrory), her influential older husband, Karenin (Stephen Dillane), and the handsome, but faithless Count Vronsky (Kevin McKidd), culminating in disgrace, ostracization, and finally death for the hapless heroine. This time, however, scriptwriter (Allan Cubitt) also gave plenty of air space to the fascinating subplots involving the characters of Levin (Douglas Henshall), Kitty (Paloma Baeza), Oblonsky (Mark Strong), and Dolly (Amanda Root). Filmed largely on-location in Poland (with several prominent Polish actors in the supporting cast), Anna Karenina made its British television bow on May 9, 2000.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2004
UPC: 0783421331792
Original Release: 2001
Rating: NR
Source: Wgbh
Time: 4:00:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Access to the Masterpiece Theatre web site; Scene selection; Closed captions; Described video for the visually impaired

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helen McCrory Anna Karenina
Kevin McKidd Count Vronsky
Stephen Dillane Alexei Karenin

Technical Credits
David Blair Director
Matthew Bird Producer
Allan Cubitt Adaptation,Executive Producer
Mark Day Editor
Teresa Dworzecka Producer
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
George Faber Executive Producer
Susan Harris Executive Producer
Rob Harris Production Designer
Richard Jones Producer
John Keane Score Composer
Ryszard Lenczewski Cinematographer
Frances Parker Editor
Charles Pattinson Executive Producer
Helena Pope Co-producer
Leo Tolstoy Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One
1. Introduction [3:02]
2. Journey to Moscow [15:28]
3. The Ball [16:08]
4. Anna Goes Home [10:31]
5. Fortunes Told [12:43]
6. Talk in St. Petersburg [24:09]
7. Anna's Confessions [7:24]
8. Anna's Premonition [16:48]
9. Anna Asks Forgiveness [10:22]
Side #2 -- Disc Two
1. Introduction [2:26]
2. Over the Worst [11:17]
3. Karenin Decides [12:56]
4. Happiness [9:57]
5. To Be of Use [6:37]
6. Return to St. Petersburg [13:52]
7. Dolly's Visit [14:28]
8. Anna Waits [16:24]
9. It Doesn't Look Good [17:24]
10. Life Goes On [9:06]

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Anna Karenina 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I came from Russia, and I have seen a lot of "Anna Karenina",this movie is incredable,the movie director was able to show the reality of the meaning of Tolstoy novel,Best acting I ever seen, I'm speechless.