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Anastasia (1956)

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An opportunistic Russian businessman tries to pass a mysterious impostor as the Grand Duchess Anastasia. But she is so convincing in her performance that even the biggest skeptics believe her.

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General Sergei Pavlovich Bounine
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Boris Adreivich Chernov
Martita Hunt ...
Baroness Elena von Livenbaum
Felix Aylmer ...
Chamberlain
Sacha Pitoëff ...
Piotr Ivanovich Petrovin (as Sacha Pitoeff)
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Prince Paul von Haraldberg
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Irina Lissemskaia
Grégoire Gromoff ...
Stepan (as Gregoire Gromoff)
Karel Stepanek ...
Mikhail Vlados
Ina De La Haye ...
Marusia (as Ina de la Haye)
Katherine Kath ...
Maxime
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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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The most amazing conspiracy the world has ever known, and love as it never happened to a man and woman before! See more »


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13 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Anastasia, la princesa vagabunda  »

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$3,520,000 (estimated)
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This movie was based on the story of Anna Anderson, a woman who claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia. It was later discovered that, in fact, she was not who she claimed to be; the mystery was solved through DNA examination of a small piece of tissue cut from Anna in an operation years before. See more »

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Dowager Empress: Lievenbaum, your voluptuous fantasies are disgusting! To a woman of your age, sex should mean nothing but gender!
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That's entertainment!
27 November 2006 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Not the most accurate rumination on whether or not Anna was really Anastasia, perhaps, but creamy, expensive entertainment, expertly done. Many share in the credit. There's a witty, epigrammatic screenplay by the always reliable Arthur Laurents (love that closing line, and most of Helen Hayes' dialogue) that manages to speculate perceptively on the nature-of-performance theme without beating it into the ground; an evocative Alfred Newman score that surpasses virtually anything else he did at Fox; fine CinemaScope photography that really uses the outer reaches of the screen, though it does dabble in spectacle for spectacle's sake at times; a superb Hayes (she could be theatrically actressy or resort to little-old-lady tricks in other movies, but here she's the real deal); a delightful Martita Hunt; and chemistry between Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner that suggests all the underlying sexual tension without ever stating it explicitly. Also knock-your-eye-out costume design. In a time of rampant Hollywood bloat and slow-moving epics, this one moves along, without too much pretension. And Anatole Litvak's direction, while no great shakes, is nicely paced.


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