… To continue the never ending and fun list of summer activities at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (calle Atocha, 34, Madrid), they are offering, this afternoon at 17:00 hrs., a showing of Ana Karenina, the 1967 version, directed by Aleksandr Zarji. As is usual in the Centre, given the length of the film, it will be shown in two parts: the first until the 27th, and the second from the 28th. Entry is free, seating limited, and it will be shown in the original Russian with Spanish subtitles.
Ana Karenina is one of the most attractive of worldwide literature characters, a young and beautiful woman. Married at a very early age to a promising bureaucrat, who had before him a splendid administrative career, Ana leads a satisfied life within the glittering social circles of St Petersburg. She adores her son and respects her husband, twenty years her senior. On a trip to Moscow she meets Vronski and falls madly in love with him. She gives him her whole life, aware that she is separating from her beloved son, and despite the pain that not seeing him causes her, she goes to live with Vronski. While Ana suffers the insults and snubs of high society, Vronski is untouched by the scandal; he receives multiple invitations and goes here and there, meeting with his old friends, and being introduced to supposedly decent women, who refuse to spend even one minute in the same room as the dishonoured Ana. He still loves her, but he enjoys being back in the world of sport and fashion, and now and again he avails of the opportunities on offer. Ana interprets what are no more than trivial infidelities as a radical cooling of his love. She feels that Vronski feels her love is insufficient, that perhaps she is losing him. Ana, driven to despair, throws herself under a freight train one afternoon in May. Vronski realises, too late, what he has lost.