Also known as [Anna Karenina]
B&W : Eight reels / 7365 feet
Directed by Edmund Goulding
Cast: Greta Garbo [Anna Karenina], John Gilbert [Vronsky], George Fawcett [the grand duke], Emily Fitzroy [the grand duchess], Brandon Hurst [Karenin], Philippe de Lacy [Serezha]
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation. / Produced by Edmund Goulding. Scenario by Frances Marion, from an adaptation by Lorna Moon of the novel Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Production design by Cedric Gibbons and Alexander Toluboff. Costume design by Gilbert Clark. Cinematography by William Daniels. Intertitles by Marian Ainslee and Ruth Cummings. Edited by Hugh Wynn. Music score arranged by Ernst Luz. Theme song “That Melody of Love” by Walter Donaldson (music) and Howard Dietz (lyrics). / © 9 January 1928 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation [LP24843]. Premiered 29 November 1927 in New York, New York. Released 2 January 1928. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Garbo’s fourth MGM film. Irving Thalberg scrapped the original footage shot by cinematographer Merritt B. Gerstad, directed by Dmitri Buchowetski and starring Ricardo Cortez in Gilbert’s role. Norman Kerry was later replaced by John Gilbert. Photography began on 22 June 1927 and ended 25 July 1927. / Silent film.
Survival status: Print exists in the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House film archive [35mm positive].
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Keywords: Authors: Leo Tolstoy - Children - Russia - Russians
Listing updated: 7 March 2011.
References: AFI-F1 n. F1.0115; AFI-F2 n. F2.3208; Baer-Film p. 9; Best-Those p. 56; Brownlow-Parade p. 578; Card-Seductive pp. 58-59; Eames-MGM p. 40; Everson-American p. 298; Fell-History p. 87; Higashi-Virgins p. 24; Kobal-Fifty p. 40; Lahue-Gentlemen p. 108; Leish-Cinema pp. 49, 57; Limbacher-Feature p. 146; McCaffrey-Guide p. 13; Shipman-Cinema p. 96; Sinyard-Silent p. 84; Sklar-Movie p. 102; Sweeney-Coming p. 126; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 26, 223; Walker-Garbo pp. 20-21, 32, 65, 69, 73, 75, 124, 184; Weaver-Twenty p. 143 : Website-AFI; Website-GEH.
Home video: DVD.