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Anna Karenina [DVD] [1948]

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  • Actors: Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson, Kieron Moore
  • Directors: Julien Duvivier
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studio Canal
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sept. 2012
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085MXPS4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,003 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Vivien Leigh (Gone With the Wind), in her best role since Scarlett O’Hara, is the most tragic adulteress of all – Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. After falling in love with Alexei Vronsky, a Russian army officer, Anna scandalises Moscow by leaving her husband and child to live with him. But when her forbidden lover’s ardour cools, she finds herself outcast by an unforgiving society and she must make a desperate decision about her own lovelorn fate.

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I bought this version hoping the picture quality would be a lot better than the Polish import version (which Amazon also sells) that I had bought only a few months before this version was released. Thankfully the picture quality throughout the film is far better, however at several points, particularly near the end there are 2, 4 or 5 thin,vertical black lines on the picture which are not there on the Polish import or the version they showed on ITV very recently

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They disappear once Anna boards her final train and her last look at the oncoming train is not blighted but I am very surprised they hadn't been removed prior to release.
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I was initially undecided as to which of the various film versions of this tragic epic love story to opt for, but eventually decided on the Vivien Leigh/Ralph Richardson (1948) release.
Although we have not seen any of the other versions, my wife and I were transfixed by this film; the torment suffered by Anna and the appalling attitude of her boring, high and mighty, husband - cold as any Russian winter - who is concerned only with his political standing. His treatment of Anna in relation to their son, when he becomes aware of her extramarital affair is thoroughly despicable, even though she may be in the wrong.
In some respects, my wife felt that parts of the film were a little frightening, especially the premonitions Anna has of death, paralleled with a fatality witnessed early on in the film.
Although the story as depicted in the film has been outlined elsewhere, I have not read the book, so I am unable to comment on how faithfully this film version represents it, but I am pleased that I purchased this dvd.
As another reviewer has remarked, black vertical lines are noticeable for a few minutes towards the end of this particular print, apparently taken from the National Film Archive Collection, but which is not uncommon in old films, and which I should have thought may be difficult to eradicate. I was also rather amused by the so-obvious 'model train' plastered with icy snow on which Anna is travelling at the beginning of the film, but then visual effects have since improved considerably. Bearing in mind that the original film was released some 65 years ago, the picture quality is very good and I would recommend it to anyone interested in films of this genre.
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Vivien's performance as Anna Karenina is once again Oscar Worthy, the costumes designed by Cecil Beaton are wonderful and Vivien looks arguably more beautiful than in Gone With The Wind! The film is a piece of art and very dedicated to Tolstoy's play. When watching the film it is constantly gripping you with twists and turns and it is definitely one of Vivien's best. As the new Anna Karenina has been recently released I hope this gains more attention and acclaim it deserves.
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Anna Karenina is set in dramatic Russia 1875, Leigh takes the lead as Anna, the film opens with Anna's bother Stefan Oblonsky (Hugh Dempster) discussing with a friend a martial spat that he had with his wife, she has threaten to leave him. He has asked his sister to intervene, Anna immediately takes the train from St Petersburg to Moscow in a bid to help her brother, her company during the train journey is Countess Vronsky (Helen Haye) who herself is on her way to meet her son. Arriving at the station Anna briefly makes the acquaintance of the Countess Son, Count Vronsky (The very young and dashing Kieron Moore) although the meeting was very brief Count Vronsky passion is sparked by Anna's beauty. While Anna is visiting Moscow the Count tries to pursue Anna, although Anna loves the attention and has a wonderful time she keeps her senses for she is already married with child to a very influential man in society.

Anna takes the train back to St Petersburg to meet her husband Alexei Karenina (Ralph Richardson) Alexei is a boring bureaucratic husband who pays little attention to his wife caught in a loveless marriage with nothing in common apart from their son, Anna's mind begins to wander. Count Vronsky had followed Anna back to St Petersburg's in pursuit refusing to give up, he has the knowledge that Anna is unhappy in marriage. Count Vronsky persistence finally pays off, Anna beings an affair at first discretely but soon Anna can bare no more and leaves her husband, in doing so she must pay the consequences of her decision, alienated by her husband and society she is forced to leave with her lover for Venice, Italy but while away Anna feel the Count is bored with his isolated life she now lives in desperate fear of believing her lover will lose interest and abandon her.
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Vivien Leigh IS Anna Karenina in this version of the classic tale of a woman trapped by society and paying the price for flaunting her desires. Her performance brought me a complete understanding of the character driven story. I've watched the Greta Garbo version as a child, the Keira Knightley version just a few weeks ago, which disappointed beyond words and now this Perfect Version. I can only suggest that Leigh is one of the greatest actresses of all time. Just see her in Streetcar Named Desire. Apart from her perfect attention to her role, everyone else plays a perfect part as well. The staging, the timing. The film is a kind of Perfect. Sorry, but I don't think I need to say more.
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