- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 13, 2011
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 04/04/1997
"...The movie offers a breathtaking tour of the architecture of St. Petersburg..."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/18/1997
"...The music is energetically swoonerific..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Four passionate people. Two burning romances. Leo Tolstoy's powerful novel of love in 1880s Imperial Russia glows anew in lavish splendor from the acclaimed writer/director of Candyman
and Immortal Beloved
. Shot entirely in and around St. Petersburg, it is set to a majestic soundtrack of music by Tchaikovsky, Rachamaninoff and Prokofiev.
Wealth. Prestige. Family. Anna (Braveheart's Sophie Marceau) has them all in her marriage to aristocratic Karenin (James Fox). Then dashing Count Vronsky (Sean Bean) enters her world of ballroom dances, ornate palaces and pastoral dachas. But where romance sweeps Anna along uncontrollably, landowner Levin (Alfred Molina) struggles to nurture his delicate love with heartbroken Kitty (Mia Kirshner). Both tales unfold in spellbinding fashion as this fifth and most dazzling film of Tolstoy's masterwork memorably explores the power of the heart and its consequences.
A lavish updating of Tolstoy's classic 1876 novel chronicling the tragic romantic triangle formed when the wealthy, beautiful title character defies the social order and, though married, falls in love with a common soldier. Filmed entirely on location in Russia, this lush production features the compositions of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff.