Anna Karenina

Season 1
One of the greatest books of all time comes alive in this romantic saga based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel. In 19th century Russia, aristocrat Anna Karenina (Helen McCrory, Peaky Blinders) has a passionate extramarital affair with the dashing Count Vronsky (Kevin McKidd, Grey’s Anatomy) that could lead to both their ruin. Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones) and Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes) also star.
Douglas HenshallHelen McCroryStephen Dillane
English [CC]
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  1. 1. Episode 1
    May 8, 2000
    1 h 8 min
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    On a journey to Moscow to sort out her brother’s troubled marriage, married noblewoman Anna Karenina meets the dashing Count Vronsky, who falls madly in love with her. Anna tries to resist his advances, but they embark on a passionate affair.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    May 15, 2000
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    Confronted with Anna’s betrayal, her husband, Karenin, seeks to arrange a divorce. Anna gives birth to Vronsky’s daughter, but the difficult childbirth leaves her at death’s door. Anna begs Karenin to forgive her and Vronsky, which leads Vronsky to commit a desperate act.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    May 22, 2000
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    As Vronsky recovers from his wounds, he and Anna realize they cannot bear to be apart any longer. The lovers flee to Italy, where they can masquerade as a married couple. But when they grow homesick, they return to Russia and face social ostracization.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    May 29, 2000
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    Eager for a divorce from Karenin, Anna appeals to her brother for help, but her husband proves resistant to their efforts. Anna grows increasingly jealous and insecure, driving a wedge into her relationship with Vronsky until she takes control of her destiny at last.

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s. aluminumReviewed in the United States on July 3, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Almost great
Overall I thought this was very good, but it could not pull off the ending. I have to agree with other reviewers that Anna was miscast. There should have been something unique and special about her I think. In the book when you get towards the end you understand that there is no other ending possible for Anna but in this production she just comes off as a little ridiculous. It's a difficult story to tell I guess. It was so beautiful in other ways, it makes me want to watch the other versions.
CristinaReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Faithful to the book
Even if Helen MCCrory wouldn't have been my choice of Anna , of the English versions I saw I found this miniseries to be the closest to the spirit of the book.
I wish I spoke Russian because I saw few versions here on Amazon which probably are much better than the ones I saw so far
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Jay DeeReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Truly authentic character
I do not know whether this is consonant with Leo Tolstoy's understanding of this woman, but I do know she was a totally authentic character. In fact, her authenticity is what moved the story for me. Was she likeable, noble? Maybe not. But she was a very genuine portrayal of the damage such a woman could do to herself as she battered herself against the bars of a prison cell partly of her own making and partly as a casualty of the times in which she lived.
2 people found this helpful
D. KovacsReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
My absolutely favorite version of Anna Karenina.
Fantastic cast, beautiful to look at, perfect background music — this is an authentic version of the book. Have watched it many times and never tire of it. A truly cautionary tale. These characters are now like family members to me! Highly recommended.
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Linda WarringtonReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
I wanted to push her under the train myself.
An otherwise wonderful cast and classic story are sacrificed to nearly four full hours of Miss McCrory's histrionics. There is no beauty or subtlety in this retelling, no understanding of the meaning of the novel.
5 people found this helpful
gastandoReviewed in the United States on February 11, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don't often fast forward thru British mini series. This was so bad that I even did that with the last installment....I kept hoping it would get better.
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