#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Stefan and Dolly Oblonsky have had a little spat and Stefan has asked his sister, Anna Karenina, to come down to Moscow to help mend the rift. Anna’s companion on the train from St. Petersburg is Countess Vronsky who is met at the Moscow station by her son. Col. Vronsky looks very dashing in his uniform and it’s love at first sight when he looks at Anna and their eyes meet. Back in St. Petersburg they keep running into each other at parties. Since she has a husband and small son, they must be very discreet if they are going to see each other alone.
Plot: Stefan and Dolly Oblonsky have had a spat and Stefan has asked his sister, Anna Karenina, to come down to Moscow to help mend the rift. Anna’s companion on the train from St. Petersburg is Countess Vronsky who is met at the Moscow station by her son. Col. Vronsky looks very dashing in his uniform and it’s love at first sight when he looks at Anna and their eyes meet.
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Captures the moods…
While certainly the vanities and indiscretions of upper crust Russia is examined by Tolstoy and it has been some time since I have read the lengthy novel, this version is certainly more memorable and effective than the Garbo version. I do agree with an earlier review in that Garbo herself, perhaps a bit too self-possessed and headstrong, could never represent the character of Anna, a woman carried away on passion, lust and impending tragedy.
Vivien Leigh is stunning in her facial expressions and vulnerable, almost exotic appearance, as we see her in a black gown, contrasted dramatically with other women who blend in the background to obscurity. The gowns and architecture of the era, the stark coldness and added texture of snowflakes, as a bas-relief to the portrait of Anna. Her close-ups particularly as she is in the train station in winter, foreshadowing her eventual fate.
Overall a beautiful film which is well worth viewing. Leigh is beautiful and tragic. 8/10.
Trains have a particular significance on this version of Leon Tolstoy’s novel “Anna Karenina” which had already been made into a movie in 1935 starring Greta Garbo, who made an impression for her take on the tragic figure of a woman who committed the ultimate sin of adultery in a society which did not condone it in our heroine’s case, but who tolerated indiscretions among the riches classes.
Julien Duvivier, the notable French director, took command of this English film, taking it away from the constrains he would probably find in America with the Hays Code in full operation by the time this film went into production. M. Duvivier collaborated on the final screenplay with another notable playwright, Jean Anouilh, and Guy Morgan who was instrumental for the English dialogue.
Anna, played brilliantly by Vivien Leigh, who was at a high point in her movie career, shines in the film. Her Anna is one of her best creations for the screen. Not only was she a ravishing beauty, but her take on the character shows her as a vulnerable woman at the mercy of the cruel husband who decided to take his revenge of her deceit by not letting her see her own son.
The best performance though, was Ralph Richardson’s. His Alexis Karenin shows an ambitious man who was considered part of the elite and well positioned in Russia’s higher echelons of government. He was part of the rich classes who finds himself made a cuckold by his beautiful wife. Alexei could not afford the ridicule the situation was causing him. As such, his decision to let Anna walk away with Vronsky, was the only avenue he could take to punish his wife.
Where M. Duvivier was not successful was with the role of Count Vronsky. As performed by Kieron Moore, a handsome actor, the romance between him and Anna loses some of the spark that was the hallmark of the 1935 version where the dashing Frederic March made an impression. Mr. Moore was not quite up the the task of being the man who made Anna renounce to everything to become his lover.
The emphasis in this version is Karenin, as the cheated husband, not on Vronsky, as presented on the first one. Thus, Ralph Richardson was able to show why he was one of the best actors of England of all times, as he clearly demonstrates here. The supporting cast is interesting with a lot of familiar theater actors showing their best in minor roles. Henry Alekan, the cinematographer works in dark tones that blend easily with the harsh Russian winter.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 19 min (139 min), 1 hr 45 min (105 min) (West Germany), 1 hr 52 min (112 min) (cut) (USA)
Genre Drama, Romance
Director Julien Duvivier
Writer Jean Anouilh, Guy Morgan, Julien Duvivier
Actors Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson, Kieron Moore
Country United Kingdom
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 3,823.4 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm