The Turner Classic Movies Literary Romance DVD set includes Anna Karenina (1935), Little Women (1949), Madam Bovary (1949), and Pride and Prejudice (1940). Unlike past TCM collections, this one features each film on an individual disc. Any fan of page to screen adaptations will appreciate the four titles in this collection.
Anna Karenina is a 93-minute adaptation of the classic Tolstoy novel about a woman (Garbo) who falls for a soldier named Vronsky (Fredric March) in spite of the fact she is married and has a son. Anna Karenina is forced to abandon her son, whose father tells him his mother is dead, and standing in society if she is to be with Vronsky. The parallel story of Kitty, who has eyes for Vronsky but settles for Levin is almost totally omitted from this adaptation.
Social pressure and time make Karenina’s relationship with Vronsky more difficult and when he is offered to participate in the Serbian Turk war Vronsky chooses duty over love.
The penultimate scene is superbly done.
The DVD in this TCM Greatest Classic Films Literary Romance set is the same as the 2005 individual release. The opening titles show a bit of wear but the rest of the print is in almost perfect condition.