Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna
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Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (Character)
from Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

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Anastasia (1997)
Dowager Empress Marie: You were the boy, weren't you - the servant boy who got us out? You saved her life and mine and you restored her to me. Yet you want no reward.
Dimitri: Not anymore.
Dowager Empress Marie: Why the change of mind?
Dimitri: It was more a change of heart. I must go.

Young Anastasia: [the music box begins to play] It plays our lullaby!
Dowager Empress Marie: You can play it at night before you go to sleep, and pretend it's me singing!

Dowager Empress Marie: [Anastasia is trying to get onto the train] Hold on to my hand!
Young Anastasia: [Sobbing] Don't let go!
Dowager Empress Marie: [Anastasia's hand slips, she screams] Anastasia!
[Anastasia hits the ground and loses consciousness]
Dowager Empress Marie: ANASTASIA!

Dowager Empress Marie: You'll stop at nothing, will you?
Dimitri: I'm probably about as stubborn as you are.

Sophie: It's a perfect ending.
Dowager Empress Marie: No. It's a perfect beginning.

Anastasia: [Looking at a photo of her family] I remember now how much I loved them.
Dowager Empress Marie: They would not want us to live in the past, not now that we have found each other.

Dowager Empress Marie: [about Dimitri to Anastasia] He didn't take the money.

Dowager Empress Marie: You're a very good actress, best yet in fact. But I've had enough.
[starts to walk away]
Anastasia: Peppermint?
Dowager Empress Marie: Oil for my hands.
Anastasia: Yes... I spilled a bottle. The carpet was soaked and it forever smelled of peppermint - like you. I used to lie on that rug and oh how I missed you while you were away...

Dimitri: I don't want your money.
Dowager Empress Marie: What do you want then?
Dimitri: Unfortunately, nothing you can give.

Dowager Empress Marie: [looking through her memory box] Oh look! The drawing you gave me! Remember?
Anastasia: Oh yeah... Olga made me so mad; she said it looked like a pig riding a donkey!
[laughs]
Anastasia: She was right.
Dowager Empress Marie: [nostalgically] Ah, your laughter. Once again, I hear my Nicky, your dear father.
[retrieves a tiara from her dresser]
Dowager Empress Marie: But you have the beauty of your mother, Alexandra - Empress of all Russia.
[ceremoniously places tiara on Anastasia's head]

[first lines]
Dowager Empress Marie: There was a time, not very long ago, where we lived in an enchanted world of elegant palaces and grand parties. The year was 1916, and my son, Nicholas, was the czar of Imperial Russia.

Dimitri: [after the Russian ballet] Please inform Her Majesty, the Dowager Empress, that I have found her granddaughter, the Grand Duchess Anastasia. She's waiting to see her just outside the door.
Sophie: I'm very sorry, young man, but the Dowager Empress, she will see no one.
Dowager Empress Marie: You may tell that impertinent young man that I have seen enough Grand Duchess Anastasias to last me a lifetime.
Sophie: You'd better go.
Dimitri: Please, let me just...
Dowager Empress Marie: [interrupting] Now if you'll excuse me, I wish to live out the remainder of my lonely life in peace.

Dowager Empress Marie: [voiceover, after the siege of the palace] So many lives were destroyed that night. What had always been was now gone forever. And my Anastasia, my beloved grandchild - I never saw her again.

Dowager Empress Marie: [as Dimitri recklessly drives the Dowager Empress Marie's car] Ilya, slow down.
Dimitri: I'm *not* Ilya, and I *won't* slow down, NOT until you listen.
Dowager Empress Marie: You... how dare you! Stop this car immediately! STOP THIS CAR!

Dowager Empress Marie: [voiceover narration] We were celebrating the 300th anniversary of our family rule. And that night, no star burned brighter than that of our *sweet* Anastasia, my youngest granddaughter. She begged me not to return to Paris, so I had a special gift for her to make the separation easier for both of us.

Dowager Empress Marie: [after showing Anastasia the music box; singing] On the wind, 'cross the sea, / Hear this song and remember...
Dowager Empress Marie, Young Anastasia: [singing together] Soon you'll be home with me / Once upon a December.


Anastasia (1956)
Dowager Empress: We are most of us lonely, and it is mostly of our own making.

Dowager Empress: But oh please, if it should not be you, don't ever tell me.

[last lines]
Boris Adreivich Chernov: Your Majesty, I beg you. They're all waiting down there. What shall we say to them? What can we say to them?
Dowager Empress: [emphatically] Nothing. Paul, your arm. I will speak to them.
Boris Adreivich Chernov: Oh, thank you, your Majesty.
Boris Adreivich Chernov: [calling everyone to attention by clapping] Everybody, please.
Prince Paul von Haraldberg: [the Prince escorting the Dowager Empress down the hallway toward the ballroom full of guests] Forgive me Marie, but what will you say?
Dowager Empress: Say? Oh, I will say, 'The play is over. Go home.'

Dowager Empress: Lievenbaum, your voluptuous fantasies are disgusting! To a woman of your age, sex should mean nothing but gender!

Dowager Empress: I like the past. It's sweet and familiar.


Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
[as the Queen Mother berates her son's failures]
Queen Mother Maria Fedorova: I wish your father were alive.
Tsar Nicholas II: Don't throw him at me.
Queen Mother Maria Fedorova: He knew how to be a Tsar. He'd have burned Vienna down, stamped on the Germans, shot the strikers, ANYTHING to give Russia peace. And HE'D certainly know how to deal with Rasputin.

[the Queen Mother is visiting the Tsar at his military base]
Queen Mother Maria Fedorova: I came to congratulate you, Nicky.
Tsar Nicholas II: What for?
Queen Mother Maria Fedorova: For finding, out of all Russia's countless cretins, idiots and incompetents the men least qualified to run your government.