Anna Karenina – 1948 | 139mins | Drama | B&W
There are some impressive names behind Alexander Korda‘s handsomely mounted but stolid adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy classic. Leading French playwright Jean Anouilh had a hand in the screenplay, Cecil Beaton designed the costumes, Henri Alekan was the cinematographer. Presumably, the sheer extravagance of the film-making appealed to austerity-era British audiences. The storytelling, though, fails to tug at the emotions.
This 1948 adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic stars Vivien Leigh in the title role of Anna, a Russian wife who leaves her cuckolded bureaucrat husband, Karenin (Ralph Richardson), for an adventurous army officer, Vronsky (Kieron Moore). The affair ruins Anna’s status in society and her husband refuses to give her a divorce, feeling discarded, Anna is sent to suicide by leaping in front of an onrushing train when husband, child, and lover are all lost to her.
Julien Duvivier: Director
Henri Alekan: Cinematography
Cecil Beaton: Costume Design
Russell Lloyd: Editing
Constant Lambert: Original Music
Alexander Korda: Producer
Andrej Andrejew: Production Design
Guy Morgan: Script
Julien Duvivier: Script
Jean Anouilh: Script