I can’t say tis my favourite book but it is very interesting to see various adaptations of it on screen and read into how different directors saw Anna’s story and Russians.
This is my to do list (lol)
- 1911: Anna Karenina (1911 film), a French adaptation directed by Maurice André Maître.
- 1914: Anna Karenina (1914 film), a Russian adaptation directed by Vladimir Gardin.
- 1915: Anna Karenina (1915 film), an American version starring Danish actress Betty Nansen.
- 1918: Anna Karenina (1918 film), a Hungarian adaptation directed byMárton Garas.
- 1927: Love (1927 film), an American version, starring Greta Garbo and directed by Edmund Goulding. This version featured significant changes from the novel and had two different endings, with a happy one for American audiences. (LOL!)
- 1935: Anna Karenina (1935 film), the most famous and critically acclaimed version, starring Greta Garbo and Fredric March and directed by Clarence Brown.
- 1948: Anna Karenina (1948 film) starring Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardsonand directed by Julien Duvivier. (WANT!)
- 1953: Anna Karenina (1953 film), a Russian version directed by Tatyana Lukashevich.
- 1960: Nahr al-Hob (River of Love), an Egyptian movie directed by Ezzel Dine Zulficar
1967: Anna Karenina (1967 film), a Russian version directed by Alexander Zarkhi.
- 1976: Anna Karenina (1976 film), a Russian ballet version directed byMargarita Pilikhina.
- 1985: Anna Karenina (1985 film), a U.S. TV movie starring Jacqueline Bisset and Christopher Reeve, directed by Simon Langton. (VERY INTERESTED)
- 1997: Anna Karenina (1997 film), the first American version to be filmed on location in Russia, directed by Bernard Rose and starring Sophie Marceauand Sean Bean.
- see also Anna Karenina (soundtrack), the soundtrack of the 1997 film
2012: Anna Karenina (2012 film), a British version by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley.
So far I have only seen 2 films out of 14. I didn’t like cast of the British version, particularly count Vronsky, and I absolutely hated Soviet 1967 version :-( Vassiliy Lanovoy is one of my favourite actors, him and Yuriy Yakovlev were the only fits for the roles, everyone else was miscast and just plainly bad. Levin, the best person in the book, was like an ironman, a knight sans peur and sans reproche (which is not true, the best thing about Levin is how kind and doubtful, not full of himself he is).
I am very hopeful about an adaptation with Vivien Leigh (she is amazing in my opinion) and the one with Sean Bean (because he is lovely) :-)