Rent Greta Garbo Collection: Anna Karenina (1935)

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Anna Karenina, dutiful wife and doting mother, knows contentment but not passion. That changes when she meets ardent Count Vronsky. For him, she throws away marriage, family, social position and finally her life.
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Leo Tolstoy, Clemence Dane
Classics, Drama
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1935 Venice Film Festival Best Foreign Film

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89 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
English, English Hard of Hearing
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Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
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Fantastic Film - Greta Garbo Collection: Anna Karenina review by PT

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Firstly I point out that I have not read the book, hence my title. I have no doubt the book is fantastic too, although I think it's an advantage to solely judge the film, as that's what interests us here.

Garbo is sensational as the title character, capturing brilliantly a woman torn apart by the loves of her life. The film deals with the extra marital affair of Anna and Vronsky, who must face the consequences of their actions. Greta Garbo is mesmerising, from her opening scene ( a stunning take of the train smoke clearing to reveal her for the first time for Voronsky to behold) to her final scene. Garbo has a truly consummate talent of revealing the characters thoughts through her eyes especially, and expressions and gestures in general, which has never been equalled before or since by any perrformer, in my humble opinion. Fredric March is great as her lover , as is Basil Rathbone as her estranged, merciless husband. Freddie Bartholomew puts in a fine performance too, as her young son, with some very memorable scenes with Garbo. Maureen O'Sullivan also shines as Kitty, a pretty almost innocent young lady who can't compete with Anna's attraction.

A powerful, emotional film that I know will always stay with me. Thoroughly recommend this.

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