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The classic storyline: the actresses who played Anna Karenina

    Greta Garbo, "Anna Karenina" (1935)

    Greta Garbo in the role of Anna Karenina and Fredric March, who played Vronsky (1935)

    Greta Garbo. The star of black and white Hollywood cinema managed to play Anna Karenina twice: in the silent screen version of 1927 under the title "Love" and in the film with the classic title in 1935. Thanks to the first Garbo became famous in Hollywood. The second brought the actress several honorable awards and is considered one of the best roles in her career

    Грета Гарбо, «Анна Каренина»Грета Гарбо, «Анна Каренина»

    Грета Гарбо, «Анна Каренина»

    Greta Garbo in the role of Anna Karenina and John Gilbert in the role of Vronsky in the silent film "Love", based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy in 1927.

    The actors had an affair in real life at that time.

    Vivien Leigh. The charismatic British is a clear example of what a really good actress can do to a spectators who were biased against her because of her non-Russian origin. Leigh all literally wowed everybody and made them just admire herself, forgetting about historical inaccuracies and the fact that in the novel itself the image of the main character is much more disruptive. Karenina performed by Vivien Leigh turned out to be more regal, but at the same time soulful and calm.

    Вивьен Ли, «Анна Каренина»

    Vivien Leigh as Anna Karenina (1948)

    Вивьен Ли

    Vivien Leigh

    Вивьен Ли

    Vivien Leigh

    Tatyana Samoilova. The two-part drama of director Alexander Zarkhi had all chances for world fame: it was to be shown at the Cannes festival. But that year, because of student strikes, the opening was canceled, and foreign viewers did not see the picture. Meanwhile, in the USSR it was viewed by more than forty million people. And every one agreed that Tatyana Samoilova is the best Karenina and the first beauty of Soviet cinema. As for the Côte d'Azur, the actress became a star there in 1958, when the film triumph of the film "The Cranes Are Flying" happened on film screening.

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    Tatyana Samoilova, Anna Karenina

    Татьяна Самойлова, «Анна Каренина»

    Tatyana Samoilova as Anna Karenina (1967)

    Татьяна Самойлова, «Анна Каренина»

    Tatyana Samoilova, Anna Karenina

    Sophie Marceau. Perhaps, the charming actress, like all Frenchwomen, did not give out on the screen those emotions and feelings that the audience expected from her. But Marceau made a dazzling duet with Sean Bean and looked great in the outfits that the famous costume designer Maurizio Millenotti sewed for her in the legendary Roman workshops of the Tirelli (the dresses did not differ from Tolstoy's epoch).

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    Sophie Marceau

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    Sophie Marceau in the role of Anna Karenina (1997)  

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    Sophie Marceau 

    Keira Knightley. For the role in the British adaptation of 2013, Keira Knightley took choreography lessons (there are many "ballet" scenes in the film) and spent hours patiently trying on the vast crinolines sewed for filming in the studio of Dior, Balenciaga and Vera Wang. But in the end, the main star in the movie of Joe Wright was not Keira, but  Alicia Vikander, whose talent three years later was confirmed by the deserved "Oscar".

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    Keira Knightley, Anna Karenina

    Кира Найтли, «Анна Каренина»

    Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina

    Кира Найтли, «Анна Каренина»

    Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina

    Elizaveta Boyarskaya. Directed by Karen Shakhnazarov, who released two versions of the novel by Leo Tolstoy - full-length for a large screen and a multi-series for TV. The latter was criticized after the first episode - Karenina in the performance of Elizaveta Boyarskaya was strongly disliked the audience. Many people even suggested that she got the role "through her father's connections". Shakhnazarov immediately denied that: according to him, Boyarskaya dreamed of playing Anna Karenina from the age of 16 and got the role after six castings.

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    Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Anna Karenina

    Елизавета Боярская, «Анна Каренина»

    Elizaveta Boyarskaya in the role of Anna Karenina

    Elizaveta Boyarskaya as Anna Karenina

    Елизавета Боярская, «Анна Каренина»

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