Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Julien Duvivier (1947)

A Certificate


Our Score
The sumptuous production values of this film, directed by Julien Duvivier and photographed by Henri Alekan, even combined with the dazzling beauty of Vivien Leigh as Tolstoy's famously doomed heroine, are not enough to prevent it being ultimately a disappointment. It is too long to support the screenplay and the miscasting of a pretty but dull Kieron Moore as Vronsky robs the drama of weight and conviction. Leigh does her best and there are some affecting moments (notably the scenes between Anna and her child), but only Ralph Richardson, superbly unbending as Karenin, has the measure of the material. The story does still, however, exert enough pull to make it worth watching.


The wife of a cold and unloving Russian aristocrat falls in love with a handsome cavalry officer. Drama, based on Tolstoy's novel, with Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson, Kieron Moore and Hugh Dempster.

Cast & Crew

Anna Karenina Vivien Leigh
Alexei Karenin Ralph Richardson
Count Vronsky Kieron Moore
Kitty Scherbatsky Sally Ann Howes
Levin Niall MacGinnis
Princess Betty Tversky Martita Hunt
Princess Scherbatsky Marie Lohr
Nicholai Michael Gough
Stefan Oblonsky Hugh Dempster
Director Julien Duvivier
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: British Lion Film Corp LtdAvailable on: video and DVD