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Anna Karenina (1985)





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The best-known of the 12 filmed adaptations of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina include the 1936 Garbo vehicle and the 1947 Vivien Leigh vehicle. This made-for-TV version is every bit as elaborate and tasteful as those earlier efforts. Jacqueline Bisset makes her TV-movie debut as Anna, the wife of 19th century Russian nobleman Karenin (Paul Scofield). When she falls in love with the dashing Count Vronsky (Christopher Reeve), Anna runs afoul of the rigid social structure of the era-and of a husband whose anguish translates into revenge. The teleplay was by James Goldman, author of The Lion in Winter and screenwriter of another Russian-based period piece, Nicholas and Alexandria. Anna Karenina premiered March 26, 1985.

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Jacqueline Bisset
as Anna Karenina
Christopher Reeve
as Count Vronsky
Paul Scofield
as Alexei Karenin
Joanna David
as Dolly Oblonsky
Valerie Lush
as Annushka
Paul Geoffrey
as Petritsky
Neil Amswych
as Seroyzha
Philip Bowen
as Mikhail
Oscar Quitak
as Volodya
Imre Szabo
as Dr. Hauser
Julian Battersby
as Train Conductor
Magda Darvas
as French Maid
Terez Bod
as Railway Worker's Wife
George Malpas
as Stationmaster
Agnes David
as Midwife
Barbara New
as Miss Hull
Sara Mair Thomas
as 1st Parlormaid
Ildiko Molnar
as 2nd Parlormaid
Judy Campbell
as Countess Vronsky
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Jacqueline Bisset gives a heartfelt reading of the great Russian heroine and is at perhaps the peak of her beauty having past her girlish prettiness and entered into an exquisite loveliness. The awesome Paul Scofield commands the screen every second he is present and makes the cuckolded husband's anguish and sense of betrayal and the cruelty that is the result understandable. Christopher Reeve cuts a dashing figure and gives it his best shot but his costars simply act rings around him. Try and see the full version which runs about 3 hours.

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