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Russian exiles in Paris plot to collect ten million pounds from the Bank of England by grooming a destitute, suicidal girl to pose as heir to the Russian throne. While Bounin is coaching her he comes to believe she is really Anastasia. In the end the Empress must decide her claim. Written by
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One of the characters mentions the "Mad Monk". He is referring to Grigory Rasputin, the infamous Siberian monk who worked for a time in the royal court as a healer to Aleksey Nikolaeyvitch Romanov, Tsar Nicholas II's son and Anastasia's brother. He was thought to be able somehow to control the prince's hemophilia, and was said to have enormous -- and many said undue -- influence over the Tsarina Alexandra because of it. His controversial life ended with his murder, supposedly by other members of the royal family. See more »
Critics were too quick to applaud this musty adaptation of Marcelle Maurette's play starring Ingrid Bergman as a rag-woman picked by crafty businessman Yul Brynner to be groomed into Russian royalty Anastasia, a Duchess long though deceased. Helen Hayes is exceptionally good as the cautious Dowager Maria, whom Ingrid must work hard to convince, however Bergman herself (despite winning a Best Actress Oscar for this 'comeback' performance) is mannered, and she has no on-screen rapport with Brynner whatsoever. As a result, the romantic underpinnings of the story do not come off, and the thin plot keeps going after all its pieces have already come into play. The production is appropriately opulent, but the film isn't especially moving or memorable. ** from ****
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