Anna Karenina (1948)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Marriage Drama, Period Film, Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 123 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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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.

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abandonment, divorce, extramarital-affair, forbidden-love, love, obsession, romance, self-sacrifice, star-crossed-lovers, suicide