Anna Karenina (1935) Rated NR

The married Anna Karenina falls in love with Count Vronsky despite her husband’s refusal of a divorce. Starring Greta Garbo, Fredric March, and Freddie Bartholomew.

I was rather disappointed with this depiction of Anna Karenina. It’s supposed to be a great love story, alas I didn’t feel the love. The film is a shortened version of the book, so the pacing is a little fast. Garbo is wonderful as Karenina, but March leaves his character lacking. I did wonder what Karenina saw in him to leave not only her husband but her son. Basil Rathbone as Alexei Karenin is an enigmatic and charismatic man that makes Count Vronsky pale in comparison. The cinematography is beautifully done. I’m surprised that this film is considered highly rated. To me, it’s not worth the watch.

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