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Why was Sophie Marceau cast as Anna?


Perhaps I've been spoiled for any other Anna, having seen Vivien Leigh make the part her own, but beautiful as she (Marceau) undoubtedly is, she seems to have all the emotional depth and charisma of a plank of wood.

Were there no other equally attractive, more suitable actresses available?

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I think that the greatest Anna Karenina and the only one who conveyed the conflicting emotions of Tolstoy's character was the incomparable Greta Garbo. Even Vivien Leigh as much as I admire her lacked depth in this part wereas she was exceotionnal as Scarlett and especially as Blanche Du Bois. As for Marceau she certianly does have the beauty but does not manage to convey the depth of Anna's conflicts and emotions.

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I read the novel 10 years ago so I don't really remember what emotional depth you're talking about BUT I say Marceau did great, her facial expressions talked more than her tongue, or that's what I think.. that's what I think.

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It's over two years since my original post and to be honest I don't remember much about this film, except that it was average to poor. Since then I've successfully managed to avoid it, and will continue to do so. So many better films to see... that's what I think.

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she did! she's the best! have no idea why this version gets no props!




His name...was Julio Iglesias!

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