Anna Karenina returns in a new miniseries

Anna Karenina returns in a new miniseries
Anna Karenina returns in a new miniseries

Leo Tolstoy’s heroine, with numerous film backgrounds (from Greta Garbo to Zully Moreno), is now played by Italian Vittoria Puccini.

Dream of almost every actress: she will reappear tomorrow Anna Kareninathe heroine of the classic Lev Tolstoy, in a two-episode miniseries on the Europa Europa channel. It stars the Italian Vittoria Pucciniwith Lou de Laànge, Angela Molina. Sydne Rome and Diana Kruger in the cast, and, like the disturbing Count Vronskythe caracas native Santiago Cabrerawhich later became part of the American version of the crime drama “The girl who cleans” (this is what it was called in the Argentine creation of Greta Molasbut in the Mexican remake it is “The girl who cleans”and in the North American “The Cleaned Lady”which constitutes a cheerful social promotion, at least in words).

In the team of this version of “Anna Karenina” They also shine Christian Duguaydirector, Francesco Arlanchadapter, Fabrizio Lucciphotography, and Enrica Biscossicostumes. Italian-German-French-Spanish co-production, it was made in Lithuania.

Of “Anna Karenina” There have been dozens of film and television versions made in Russia (the first in 1911), England, the USA, France, Italy, and even Australia, Hungary, Egypt, India, the Philippines, Venezuela and Argentina.

This married woman, mother of a family, who falls in love with an aristocratic military man to the point of madness and the legal loss of her son and her good name, has been exemplarily embodied by Greta Garbo (in silent and sound films), Vivian Leigh (in adaptation by the playwright Jean Anouilh), Zully Moreno, Claire Bloom, Lea Massari, Tatiana Samoylova, Jacqueline Bisset, Sophie Marceau, Joyce Ching and Keira Knightleyin addition to Maia Plisetskaya and Ekaterina Maximova in two “film ballets”, a specialty of Russian cinema in association with the Bolshoi Theatre. Taking into account all this background, Vittoria Puccini had it tough.

The seductive and indifferent Count Vronsky also had notable interpreters. Suffice it to mention Sean Connery melting to Claire Bloomor in Omar Sharif in Egyptian “River of love”five years before becoming world famous as Doctor Zhivago. It is even rarer to imagine Christopher Reeve behave cruelly with Jacqueline Bisset (one always associates him with the good-natured and well-groomed Superman), but someone came up with that casting, and the film exists.

As is often the case, there are updated versions, where Vronsky is not a count or an officer in the Tsarist army, but an architect, swimming teacher and motorboating champion. Apart from that, there is a very interesting one, “Anna Karenina. The story of Vronsky”of Karen Shakhnazarov2017, where Anna’s grown son, now head doctor at a field hospital in far-off Manchuria, receives the veteran soldier, wounded in combat against the Japanese. There they have the opportunity to talk and grieve for each other, before returning, one to war and the other to amputations.


Zully Moreno, the Argentine Karenina in

Zully Moreno, the Argentine Karenina in “Forbidden Love”. The film was directed by her husband, Luis César Amadori, but as it was prohibited by the Liberating Revolution, she could not put her name in the premiere.

As for the Argentine version, called “Forbidden love”with Zully Moreno and Jorge Mistral in adaptation of Ulysses Petit de Murat and under the direction of Luis Cesar Amadoriwas already in post-production when the 1955 coup occurred.

Immediately the marriage Amadori-Moreno suffered the interdiction of his assets and had to leave for Spain, where the veteran director settled down and began a successful career. From there, Zully Moreno He asked another director, Ernesto Arancibiawho filmed a scene, the gala ball at the Colón, and released it under his name, since here the name of Amadori It was a dirty word. This happened in 1958, and only years later the film was able to show the name of its author in the credits. Stories of cinema that are often forgotten.

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