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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  • Ingrid Bergman and Helen Hayes in Anastasia (1956)
  • Ingrid Bergman and Helen Hayes in Anastasia (1956)
  • Ingrid Bergman and Helen Hayes in Anastasia (1956)
  • Ingrid Bergman and Ivan Desny in Anastasia (1956)
  • Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner in Anastasia (1956)
  • Yul Brynner in Anastasia (1956)

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Anatole Litvak


Arthur Laurents (screenplay), Marcelle Maurette (play), Guy Bolton (play)

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25 December 2014 | rupie
| Spectacular!!!
What a wonderful movie!!!! They simply don't make them like this anymore. Start with the most mundane matters, the production values. The glorious wide screen aspect ratio is a delight, as is the wonderful Technicolor process, which gives us a vividness that is sorely lacking from movies nowadays. The great Alfred Newman wrote the score. Then consider the acting - first rate on all fronts. Yul Brynner and Ingrid Bergmann play beautifully off each other, and Akim Tamiroff shines in the type of role he excelled in, the sweaty, seedy, slightly comic con artist. Martita Hunt is wonderful as the slightly loony lady in waiting. Helen Hayes is off the charts as the Empress Dowager, in what was evidently a comeback role for her. To watch her display her ambivalent emotions as she deals with what could be her long-lost granddaughter are a revelation. Finally, the script; it impishly refuses to engage the central question - was Anna Anderson really Anastasia, or an impostor? By the end, the question doesn't seem to matter, so beautifully has the script dealt with things like lost hopes, wishful thinking, doubt, deceit, treachery, nostalgia for a lost world, romance, and amnesia. Don't miss this great story, beautifully told in a lavish production.

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