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Love (1927)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 2 January 1928 (USA)
A married woman compromises her social standing and family life when she falls for a young officer.

Directors:

Edmund Goulding, John Gilbert (uncredited)

Writers:

Leo Tolstoy (from the novel "Anna Karenina") (as Lyof N. Tolstoi), Marian Ainslee (titles) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Gilbert ... Vronsky
Greta Garbo ... Anna Karenina
George Fawcett ... Grand Duke
Emily Fitzroy ... Grand Duchess
Brandon Hurst ... Karenin
Philippe De Lacy ... Serezha - Anna's Child (as Philippe de Lacy)
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Storyline

In Czarist Russia, Anna Karenina falls in love with the dashing military officer Count Vronsky and abandons her husband and child to become Vronsky's mistress. Tragedy ensues when Vronsky chooses his military career over Anna. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

The drama of a love which knew no bounds of reason. Mother Love! Passionate Love! Illicit Love! And a love defiant of suffering and disaster. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

2 January 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love See more »

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Budget:

$488,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(1994 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The title was changed, from "Anna Karenina", so that advertisements could read "Greta Garbo and John Gilbert in LOVE". See more »

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At the Easter party the blond wig on the lady that Count Vronski is talking to is not on very well. You can see her black hair at the bottom of it. See more »

Quotes

Opening Title Card:
  • IMPERIAL RUSSIA - The St. Petersburg road from Gatchina - a road often traveled by the gay young officers of the Czar...

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Alternate Versions

In 1994, the Turner Entertainment Company copyrighted a version in which both of the celebrated endings are shown. See more »

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Music by Georg Enders
Lyrics by Nils Perne and Georg Eliasson
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Tragic love
17 February 2020 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

There were quite a few reasons for wanting to see this, the 1927 silent film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's 'Anna Karenina'. Always had appreciated classic/pre-70s film from an early age, and love it even more now, and while it took more time getting into silent film there is high appreciation for them too (a large number of them anyhow). The book is a literary classic and Greta Garbo was a magical screen presence throughout her career.

Somewhat of a loose adaptation, and feeling more like a Garbo-John Gilbert film than an adaptation of Tolstoy, 1927's 'Anna Karenina' is not the best version out there of Tolstoy's masterpiece. For me, the 1977 mini-series is the definitive overall adaptation and the 1967 and 1935 films (the latter also with Garbo as Anna) also rank highly. Neither is it the worst, the 2012 Joe Wright-directed and 1997 Sophie Marceau films are lesser adaptations. On its own terms, this 'Anna Karenina' is a well done film and is worth seeing definitely.

'Anna Karenina' does feel on the rushed side, due to a lot of story and characterisation crammed into a (from personal view) too short length. Which would have meant more character depth, which was a little lacking at times. The added soundtrack doesn't really add an awful lot and even distracts with the additional noise.

Of the endings, the tragic one is much better and fits the story much more. Very poignant. The other one feels tacked on and studio-interference-like.

With all that being said, the costumes and settings are suitably opulent complemented beautifully by the photography. The story generally is intelligently adapted and literate, and the emotional impact is far from absent. Enough of it is quite moving, the film doesn't feel too creaky or stagy and while the pace is not perfect it doesn't feel dull at the same time.

It's all directed sympathetically and with engagement with the material. The character relationships are well handled, with that between Anna and her son (appealingly played by Philippe De Lacy) being particularly touching. Garbo is completely captivating and embodies her role and with Gilbert it is great to see a Vronsky who isn't bland and has charming appeal, nobility and even a little caddish-ness. Karenin has been more memorably portrayed in other adaptations where the character writing is meatier, but Brandon Hurst plays him well.

Summing up, worth a try if not one of the best versions. 7/10


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