This 1948 adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina was produced in England by Alexander Korda, and released in the US by 20th Century-Fox. Vivien Leigh plays the title role, a 19th-century Russian gentlewoman married to Czarist official Ralph Richardson. Though her marriage is not intolerable, Anna is swept off her feet by dashing young military officer Vronsky, played by Kieron Moore. The ensuing scandal ruins Anna's status in society. Anna Karenina had previously been filmed twice in Hollywood, with both versions starring Greta Garbo. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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This is the best version followed by Garbo / March to my tastte. Keirea Knightly ruins an otherwise great version. Vivian Leigh and Ralph RIchardson bring the bittersweet movie to life and even though I hate tragic movies, this is well done.
Anyone who is thoughtful about human nature and its complexities and frailties (whether they've read Tolstoy's amazing book or not), and who has an appreciation of the glorious beauty of classic black and white films should see this classic. (There are a couple of deep-focus scenes in this film that evoke some of Orson Welles's genius in Citizen Kane.) Like Shakespeare, Tolstoy really knew human beings. Seeing this film has motivated me to reread Anna Karenina, and after that I'm planning to reread War and Peace!
(For those who "don't see" why this is a "classic" - unplug your TV from cable or dish, and read the book!)