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|Anna Karenina - The Complete Miniseries|
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
Discover the epic saga of love, marriage, heartbreak, and tragedy among the 19th-century Russian aristocracy in Anna Karenina. Young, vivacious, and breathtakingly beautiful, Anna (Nicola Pagett) seems resigned to a passio... more »
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Simply the best Anna ever
Robert Atchison | Austin, TX United States | 10/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I hadn't seen this series for many years when the DVD from Amazon arrived a few days ago. The series was done in 1978 and stars Nicola Pagett of Upstairs Downstairs fame. Seeing it again I am amazed at the accuracy of the presentation and the acting. If you are lucky enough to have this DVD series you will be seeing the best depiction of Russia in the last years of the reign of Alexander II. The interiors, the mode of life and even the way the actors speak is as close as anything has come to the times. The uniforms are incredible because they had a special consultant who made sure they were right; when Vronsky appears wearing the uniform of the Preobrajensky Regiment he has the right one - even down to one appropriate to the time of day and season. I have to say that Stuart Wilson does an amazing job as Vronsky - no one has come within a hundred miles of his presentation of the role. Nicola Pagett is Anna reincarnated, her suicidal descent into darkness and death is almost unbearable to watch. This is a must have DVD for anyone who loves Tolstoy's book and Imperial Russia, get it today. This is a 100%+ review on a great series. Thank you to Time Life Video for bring it back. Let's hope "By The Sword Divided" is next...."
One to go!
Extollager | Mayville, ND United States | 02/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Over twenty years ago, American TV viewers were treated to five outstanding dramatizations -- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Guinness), Crime and Punishment (John Hurt), The Mayor of Casterbridge (Bates), Anna Karenina (the present miniseries with Padgett and Porter), and Our Mutual Friend, with Leo McKern (star of Rumpole of the Bailey) as Noddy Boffin, and Jane Seymour as Bella Wilfer. Much to my delight, these series have been appearing as videocassettes or DVDs -- except (so far) for Our Mutual Friend. One to go! I do hope it becomes available soon. Surely Ms. Seymour's fans and Mr. McKern's would support that.This Anna Karenina series is excellent. While there is no substitute for reading -- and rereading -- Tolstoy's astonishing novel, this miniseries stays close not only to Tolstoy's characterizations and plot, but to the book's tone. We are engrossed in the story and in these people's lives, and yet neither Tolstoy nor the TV adaptation attempt to make us "lose ourselves." We are thinking, assessing, questioning. The TV serial, interestingly, eschews soundtrack (aside from opening titles and playout) and tricks of camera angles and lighting. The performers rose to the challenge of carrying the series with integrity.Anna Karenina was one of television's finest offerings. I've waited for years to see it again!"
Elaine M. | Monroe, New York USA | 11/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must have watched a different mini-series from the reviewer before me, because I enjoyed this Anna Karenina immensely - so much so that I came here to buy it after watching it via renting it. Nicola Pagett, Eric Porter, and Stuart Wilson were perfectly cast. Nicola as Anna was tremendously touching and vivid in the role of Anna and Stuart as Vronsky was every bit the selfish playboy, caught up and surprised by a love affair that destroys so many lives. Eric Porter as Karenin is perfect, rigid on the outside with a veritable volcano of emotions boiling within.
Yes, the production values leave a lot to be desired, but you have to take into account this was a television show filmed in the 70s. The color of the characters, and the strength of the cast, and the perfect dialogue and almost-perfect rendering of one of the greatest novels of all time makes up for the disappointing sets.
I love this mini-series. If you enjoy acting of the highest order and a perfect ensemble cast, then you will enjoy this Anna Karenina."
Faithful and true
Fiona | 04/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I re-read Anna Karenina every 3 years. So, I love the novel and resent any changes that have been made to the many versions of film. This is the best and closest to the novel. The spiritual change that comes over Karenin when Anna lies close to death is an important scene, Tolstoy would certainly spin in his grave if he knew it was left out of most versions!! It is in this version.
The actor who plays Vronsky is superb. The sets are lovely. Nicola Pagett plays Anna with a high strung nerviness that is critical to the character. What a beautiful and talented woman. And the portrayal of Karenin is marvelous...we see the man with his faults, but are also hoping things can be resolved...he deserves this, poor man.
Levin's hopes and frustrations with his peasants and farming were also meant to convey something...Tolstoy included these chapters and thankfully we can see what presaged the Russian Revolution. Important!
Alas, many of these things are left out or treated one dimensionally by other film versions. As if an audience is only interested in love stories. Cut to the chase. etc. Thankfully, the commercial decision makers that control "entertainment" in the USA did not have a pudgy finger in this movie. It shows too!"