The love triangle theme was a staple of the Garbo repertoire, and she played Tolstoy’s ill-fated Anna Karenina twice. In Brown’s 1935 version Garbo’s Anna rebels against Basil Rathbone as her imperious husband, Karenin, with Frederic March as the seductive and smitten officer Vronsky. Though the novel’s rich observations and characterizations are telescoped for the film, nineteenth-century St. Petersburg is lavishly detailed, and the plight of Anna and Vronsky skillfully linked to the decadent and hypocritical society in which they live.
- Clemence Dane
- Salka Viertel
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Anna Karenina (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, 2005
Anna Karenina (program note), Los Angeles International Film Exposition, Myron Meisel, 1977
The Clarence Brown film festival (booklet), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1973
Garbo (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, 1968
Anna Karenina (program note), Dartmouth Film Society, David Stewart Hull, 1963
Anna Karenina (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England)
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