Anna Karenina is the 1935 classic film adaption of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel. Directed by Clarence Brown, the film tells the story of Anna (Greta Garbo) as she descends from Russian royalty into a cast-aside miscreant of upper class society. The wife of Czarist official Karenin (Basil Rathbone), Anna finds herself madly in love with a military official named Count Bronsky (Fredric March). Meanwhile, Anna is actively persuading her brother Stiva (Reginald Owen) to leave behind his life of alcoholism and debauchery. When her husband and friends find out about her illicit affair, Anna is shamed out of the strict class system and is no longer allowed to see her son Sergei (Freddie Batholomew). Also starring May Robson, Reginald Denny, Maureen O'Sullivan, and Mary Forbes, this 1935 version of the book is the most critically acclaimed, having been awarded the Mussolini Cup for best Foreign Film at the Venice Film Festival.