- Original title
- Running time
- 95 min.
- United States
Salka Viertel, Clemence Dane (Novel: Leo Tolstoy)
William H. Daniels (B&W)
Romance. Drama | Romantic Drama. 19th Century
- Movie Groups
Leo Tolstoy Adaptations
- Synopsis / Plot
- Anna Karenina (Garbo), a young Russian woman trapped in a loveless marriage, meets and falls in love with Count Vronsky (Fredric March), a member of the Russian army. Karenin (Basil Rathbone), her husband, refuses to give her a divorce, but, determined to pursue true love, she leaves her marriage and child to follow the soldier to Venice. Desperate to avenge his lost love, Karenin tells their son, Sergei (played by child star Freddie Bartholomew), that his mother has died in a foreboding and tragic twist of fate. However, Anna's romance with Vronsky falters when he deserts her to join the Turkish-Serbian war. In pursuit of their love, Anna follows him to St. Petersburg, but only tragedy awaits. Garbo gives a masterful and remarkable performance as Leo Tolstoy's ill-fated heroine--one of the most remade film stories--set against the sumptuous vision of czarist Russia.
: Venice: Best Foreign Film
: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actress (Greta Garbo)
: National Board of Review (NBR): Top 10 films
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