Anna Karenina


Steeped in a well-upholstered elegance...

Sean Connery was a year off Bond when he appeared in this BBC Tolstoy adap.

The animal magnetism that he brought to his 007 is much in evidence in this turn as the count whose passion for Claire Bloom’s unhappily married aristocrat leads to heartbreak, shame and tragedy.

Austrian director Rudolph Cartier was a dab hand at this kind of thing and steeps the material in a well-upholstered elegance. But it’s still a bit of a relic – note the prim Auntie announcer who reads out the cast at the broadcast’s end.

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