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Anastasia: The Czar's Last Daughter (1956)

Anastasia - Die letzte Zarentochter (original title)
In 1920, an unknown 24-year-old woman was fished out of Berlin's Landwehr kanal after a suicide attempt. Since she has no papers and no answers to any questions, they soon assign them to ... See full summary »


Falk Harnack


Herbert Reinecker, Alf Teichs (dramaturgue)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Lilli Palmer ... Anna Anderson (Die Unbekannte)
Ivan Desny ... Cleb Botkin
Ellen Schwiers ... Prinzessin Katharina
Susanne von Almassy Susanne von Almassy ... Mrs. Stevens
Käthe Braun Käthe Braun ... Frau von Rathleff-Keilmann
Eva Bubat Eva Bubat ... Gertrud Schanzkowsky
Berta Drews Berta Drews ... Fräulein Peuthert
Tilla Durieux Tilla Durieux ... Zarenmutter
Margot Hielscher ... Kronprinzessin Cäcilie
Maria Sebaldt Maria Sebaldt ... Leichtes Mädchen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reinhold Bernt Reinhold Bernt ... Landpolizist
Paul Bildt Paul Bildt ... Wolkow
Emmy Burg Emmy Burg ... Pflegerin Schwarzkopf
Peter Capell
Peter Carsten ... Soldat Tschaikowski


In 1920, an unknown 24-year-old woman was fished out of Berlin's Landwehr kanal after a suicide attempt. Since she has no papers and no answers to any questions, they soon assign them to the insane asylum Dallendorf. A co-patient believes she recognizes the Czar's daughter Anastasia Romanowa - who apparently was the only one who survived the murder of the tsar's family in 1918. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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West Germany



Release Date:

27 September 1956 (West Germany) See more »

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Anastasia: The Czar's Last Daughter See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ivan Desny, who appears here as the real-life Gleb Botkin (son of the Imperial family's doctor, who was shot along with them in 1918), also appears as the fictional Prince Paul Von Haraldsberg in the Ingrid Bergman film "Anastasia." See more »

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27 October 1999 | by J. SteedSee all my reviews

One of the two films made in 1956 about the woman who claimed to be Anastasia. The psychologically unstable Anna Anderson is played by Lili Palmer, who does a great job. Palmer's performance is more or less the only feature of this film The film never achieves a dramatic atmosphere; the film only shows a great number of encounters with people who do or do not believe that the Anderson woman is Anastasia. Script writer Reinecker made be praised for not being tempted to introduce false romance (as the Ingrid Bergman version), on the other hand he could not make the script into a flowing story. Falk Harnack's direction is decent, but does not do much to overcome this main weakness of the script.

The film is interesting as a typical 50's event and can be regarded as an expression to the political situation between "west" and "east". The film's sympathies are clearly on the side of the Anderson woman; this is accentuated by the fact that the discovery by a German newspaper that she was the Polish Franziska Schanzkowksa is without much ado dispensed with in a short and ridiculous scene. Since the DNA research in 1995 we definitely know what to think of the Anderson woman and of all those Russian exiles who wanted to believe; I must say, knowing this makes the performance of Lili Palmer even more compelling viewing.

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