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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.

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writers:

Arthur Laurents (screenplay), Marcelle Maurette (play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ingrid Bergman ... Anna Koreff
Yul Brynner ... General Sergei Pavlovich Bounine
Helen Hayes ... Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna
Akim Tamiroff ... Boris Adreivich Chernov
Martita Hunt ... Baroness Elena von Livenbaum
Felix Aylmer ... Chamberlain
Sacha Pitoëff ... Piotr Ivanovich Petrovin (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Ivan Desny ... Prince Paul von Haraldberg
Natalie Schafer ... Irina Lissemskaia
Grégoire Gromoff Grégoire Gromoff ... Stepan (as Gregoire Gromoff)
Karel Stepanek ... Mikhail Vlados
Ina De La Haye ... Marusia (as Ina de la Haye)
Katherine Kath Katherine Kath ... Maxime
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Storyline

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 Incomparable Helen Hayes as the key to the conspiracy. See more »


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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anastasia, la princesa vagabunda See more »

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Budget:

$3,520,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Dowager Empress: But oh please, if it should not be you, don't ever tell me.
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Opening credits prologue: PARIS 1928

RUSSIAN EASTER See more »

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Featured in Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) See more »

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Wildfeuer Polka
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss Jr.)
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An enjoyable movie about 'acting'
23 April 2006 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

As the woman who may or may not have been the Grand Duchess Anastastia, Ingrid Bergman was welcomed back with open arms by the Hollywood fraternity that had spurned her after her affair with Roberto Rossellini and she won her second Oscar for her performance. It is a fine piece of acting in a film that is all about acting; (Bergman plays a woman called Anna Koreff who is being groomed to pass as the Grand Duchess, though it is no "Pygmalion" as she may well indeed have been the person she is being hired 'to play', though DNA tests later proved the woman in question was not Anastasia).

Yul Brynner is the Russian general who acts as her Professor Higgins and he's excellent. The same year he won an Oscar for "The King and I" but his performance here is just as good. Helen Hayes is superb as the Dowager Empress and there is a terrific turn from the great Martita Hunt as the Empress' lady-in-waiting. Anatole Litvak's direction isn't exciting in 'cinematic' terms but he knows he has a good yarn and he moves it along at a cracking pace. Between them, Bergman, Brynner and Litvak hold you in thrall.


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