Picks and Pans Review: Anna Karenina
updated 03/25/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/25/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST
And here's Jacqueline Bisset again in another tepid tale of love. Leo Tolstoy wrote it torrid and Bisset tries valiantly to play it that way. But Christopher (Superman) Reeve throws a cold, wet towel on the whole act. He is to passion what kryptonite is to Superman. Bisset plays the beautiful (of course) Anna Karenina, who's trapped in a proper marriage but who indulges in forbidden love with Reeve as the Russian Count Aleksey Vronsky. Since Reeve plays a titled man, he's called "excellency"; the irony is just too rich. When Reeve is told that Anna is pregnant with his child, his reaction looks like a case of acid indigestion. He shows more emotion for his dead horse than for her—and that's not much. Christopher Reeve shouldn't bear full blame for twirling Tolstoy in his grave; the direction is equally mediocre. Whenever a profound line is uttered between the lovers, the camera flips back and forth like a slo-mo replay of a tennis match. There, as here, love means nothing.