Maria Andergast essays the title role in Manja Valewska. In essence, this is a retelling of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, with names changed to protect the producers. The one major departure from the Tolstoy original occurs at the end when, after suffering disgrace for her illicit extramarital romance, Manja is put on trial for the murder of her husband. It turns out that hubby actually committed suicide, permitting the heroine a happy ending (another digression from Tolstoy). Intended as Austria's "big" picture for 1936, Manja Valewska ended up as one of the year's biggest disappointments.
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