My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Anna Karenina (1948)


(out of 5)

 tries but she can’t recapture the glamour and tragedy of the Greta Garbo version. This adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel, which like all the film versions concentrates on melodramatic romance and not its social implications, is sumptuously produced but shallow. Leigh is the aristocratic Russian woman who falls in love with a handsome soldier despite already being married to a much older gentleman ().  She scandalizes society completely, not by having an affair (de rigeur for her class), but by making a flagrant show of her relationship and eventually abandoning house and home for the rake. None of Hollywood’s adaptations of this story will please fans of the novel, though this one is far ahead of the terrible more recent version with Sophie Marceau.

United Kingdom, 1948

Directed by 

Screenplay by , , Julien Duvivier, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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