Anna Karenina

Synopsis: This version of the Tolstoy classic lingers longer in Moscow during the weeks that follow the initial meeting of the starstruck lovers-to-be Vronsky and Anna Karenina. The story -- as it unfolds -- also focuses on Kitty, a young woman who is related to Anna's sister-in-law whose marital rift has brought Anna to Moscow. Until Anna shows up, Kitty had hopes of getting Vronsky, who is single and well connected, to propose to her. Ignored by Vronsky, Kitty turns her attention to another suitor, a man who seems to have a lot in common with Tolstoy.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Clarence Brown
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95 min

It's like old times to have you

visit us once again, Vronsky.

As you see, we haven't forgotten you.

Well, I used to be one of yours.

While I'm here on leave,

I again feel like one of you.

Well, after Petersburg

and those chic guards...

I suppose we seem

like barbarians to you.

On the contrary, we seem

like milksops compared to you.

These hors d'oeuvres

are making me hungry.

Come, gentleman officers,

it's time we had dinner.

- Stiva.

- Vronsky.

What are you doing here?

You ought to be home in bed.

- I'd like to be.

- Well, what's keeping you?

The atmosphere of my home

is unfriendly.

My wife is displeased with me,

and for no reason.

That doesn't sound like Dolly.

You must have been naughty.

Vronsky, I swear to you,

my interest in women is entirely...

- Vronsky!

- Come on!

Come on, Vronsky!

Au revoir, Stiva.

- So you're married?

- Ten years.

- She's the mother of my three children.

- And do you love your wife?

I do. She won't believe it

when I tell her, but it's her I love.

Believe me, it's her.

I'd believe it better

if you took your hand off my knee.

Gentleman officers, attention!




Right face!

Forward, hut!




Right face.

Forward, hut.

Why can't life be agreeable?


Now we can settle down

and do some drinking.

Stiva, I wonder what time it is.

- I haven't my watch on me.

- It's 7:
00, sir.

- That's all right. That gives me time.

- Time for what?

I must go meet my mother.

She's coming in from St. Petersburg.

That's a pleasant coincidence.

I have to go to the station too.

- That so? What for?

- To meet a pretty woman.

- You're inexhaustible.

- There you go, misunderstanding me...

like my wife does. I have to meet my

sister, Anna Karenina. Do you know her?

I've never had the pleasure.

Everybody from St. Petersburg

knows her.

Her husband is the great statesman

Alexei Alexandrovitch Karenin.

Strong man. Conscientious.

We have a lot in common.

I'll see if Mother's at the other end.

Oh, Madam Karenina.

Her husband left her in my charge.

- You don't know me, Madam Karenina...

- Oh, yes, I do.

We've been talking about you

all the way from St. Petersburg.

- Must have been very boring for you.

- Oh, no.

You see, your mother talked

about her son, and I talked about mine.

You see, madam has a little boy too.

She hates to leave him, don't you?

Yes. My only child, you know.

I've never left him before.

- I've just left your brother, Stiva.

- Where is he?

- I'll find him for you.

- Thank you.

Stiva. Stiva!

- He's coming.

- Thank you.



Goodbye, my dear. A woman at my age

don't have to beat about the bush.

And I don't mind telling you

I've completely lost my heart to you.

You, my dear,

have the divine gift of silence.

Oh, let me kiss that pretty face.

- Now, you must come and see me.

- Thank you, countess.

Forgive me, Your Excellency.

Forgive me.

- Goodbye, count.

- Goodbye.

- Goodbye.

- Goodbye.

Now, that's what I call

a wonderful woman.

Oh, Stiva.

He got caught between the cars.

- Anna, what's the matter?

- Stiva, it's an evil omen.

Omen? When the worst has happened

already, you don't need omens.

Dolly has found a letter and swears

she'll never forgive me, that it's all over.

We'll see, Stiva. We'll see.

Now that you're here,

I feel again like an innocent man.

- Tania, you come here.

- Children, be quiet.

- She threw my train off the tracks.

- You broke my doll.

- I did not.

- You did too.

- What's all this?

- Aren't you ashamed before your aunt?

Grisha, are you too old to be kissed?

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Leo Tolstoy

Count Lyov (also Lev) Nikolayevich Tolstoy (English: ; Russian: Лёв (also Лев) Николаевич Толстой, tr. Lyov (also Lev) Nikoláyevich Tolstóy; IPA: [lʲɵf] (also [lʲef]) [nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ tɐlˈstoj] ( listen); 9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. Born to an aristocratic Russian family in 1828, he is best known for the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction. He first achieved literary acclaim in his twenties with his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (1852–1856), and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based upon his experiences in the Crimean War. Tolstoy's fiction includes dozens of short stories and several novellas such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886), Family Happiness (1859), and Hadji Murad (1912). He also wrote plays and numerous philosophical essays. In the 1870s Tolstoy experienced a profound moral crisis, followed by what he regarded as an equally profound spiritual awakening, as outlined in his non-fiction work A Confession (1882). His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him to become a fervent Christian anarchist and pacifist. Tolstoy's ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You (1894), were to have a profound impact on such pivotal 20th-century figures as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Tolstoy also became a dedicated advocate of Georgism, the economic philosophy of Henry George, which he incorporated into his writing, particularly Resurrection (1899). more…

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