Anna Karenina
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This second filmization of Leo Tolstoy's novel is widely regarded as the best version. Greta Garbo plays the title character, the sheltered wife of Czarist official Rathbone. Intending to dissuade Rathbone's brother (Reginald Owen) from a life of debauchery, Garbo is sidetracked by her own fascination with dashing military officer Fredric March. This indiscreet liaison ruins Garbo's marriage and position in 19th century Russian society; she is even prohibited from seeing her own son (Freddie Bartholomew). In keeping with the censorial strictures of 1935 Hollywood, Anna Karenina is… More

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"This lavish, MGM production surely excises some of the important details from Leo Tolstoy's novel, but makes up for it with the luminous presence of Greta Garbo and some gorgeous cinematography."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Given the full glossy MGM treatment."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of Garbo's best and most affecting films."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Garbo, who also starred in the 1927 silent version of the Tolstoy story, is radiant and vulnerable throughout the film, the centre of the emotional storm that engulfs her."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Garbo speaks again in one of her best."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"In her 23rd film, Garbo's luminous performance, as the audlterous protag of Tolstoy's novel, is way above the mediocre level of the narrative and direction; the film is a remake of Love, in which Garbo starred opposite her then lover John Gilbert."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A slick, MGM production with a great cast but without much Tolstoy left."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
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