Anastasia (1956) 1956 NR CC

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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.

Starring:
Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner
Runtime:
1 hour 46 minutes

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Anastasia (1956)

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Anatole Litvak
Starring Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner
Supporting actors Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff, Martita Hunt, Felix Aylmer, Sacha Pitoëff, Ivan Desny, Natalie Schafer, Grégoire Gromoff, Karel Stepanek, Ina De La Haye, Katherine Kath, Paul Bildt, Alexis Bobrinskoy, Marguerite Brennan, Paula Catton, Allan Cuthbertson, Maroussia Dimitrevitch, Edward Forsyth
Studio 20th Century Fox
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Fox DVD has done a very nice job remastering this film for DVD.
Nix Pix
Because of this,I want to buy the DVD of "Anastasia", then I can see this excellent movie again and again.
rena
In the film, there were many very excellent details that showed the subtle relation between Anna and Bounine.
"shedy"

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Ballet Boy on July 28, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have waited forever for the release of this magnificent movie. Amazing performances by Bergman, Brynner, Hayes (incredible) and Hunt. Unfortunately, there was a glitch in the brand new, out of the box DVD AND, the sound in the middle of the film was out of synch. How Fox could have let this go is a total mystery to me. I am very upset about it considering the amount of money that must have gone into the restoration. DVDs' are becoming worse all the time with quality slipping down the drain. Worth seeing and seeing again if Fox could fix their problems. Unfortunately I must return it.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A. Andersen on January 10, 2005
Format: DVD
The film has never looked so exquisite - bright restored colors and the full widescreen. Beware though that original negative sound elements were damaged in reels 1,4 and 5. The dialogue is recorded at very low levels compared to the loud, bright musical track - and the dialogue levels vary from left side of screen to right side of screen. This is something technicians could easily have corrected, but chose not to. Shoddy work from Fox technicians mars what would otherwise have been a great DVD film release.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Sue A. Kinney on January 29, 2004
Format: DVD
Great Movie - Horrible DVD! I'm rating this one star because the DVD quality is so bad. For the first time, I'm in the process of returning an item to Amazon. This makes me sad because I love this film and wanted to add this to my growing collection of classic films in my DVD Library. The sound is not always in synch and the volume goes up and down. The sound is absolutely terrible!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Centanni on March 20, 2005
Format: DVD
I purchased this great film and am very disappointed with this DVD. The transfer of the film looks great and Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner and Helen Hayes are standouts! The sound on this DVD is the absolute worst, uneven, and in many parts of the film, completely obliterated by the music. Fox Studios really should furnish all customers who bought this DVD with a corrected one.

Do not buy this!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Easterbrook on August 7, 2004
Format: DVD
I've been fascinated with the story of the Romanovs since grade nine, when I did a project on Anastasia. Having read almost all the books on the subject of Anna Anderson (who passed herself off -- or rather, was passed off -- as the princess Anastasia from the late 1920s till her death in the early 1980s), I'm still of two minds as to whether she really was who she claimed. That being said, it's always nice to believe in fairy tales, and Fox's 1956 version of the story definitely leans toward to romantic rather than the cynical version of events.

Ingrid Bergman, one of my favorite actresses of all time, won a much-deserved Oscar for her portrayal of the mystery woman whom con artist Yul Brynner picks up off the streets and trains to pass as Anastasia before her grandmother, the Grand Duchess (Helen Hayes). It's a tour-de-force performance that is as subtle as ever won an Oscar. Watch her face during the scene in which she realizes she's being used by Brynner to get money. It's a mixture of betrayal, hurt, anger, and relief (she's falling for him too, and scared of it).

Fox's presentation of ANASTASIA, the 9th in its hopefully long-running series of Studio Classics, is a grand presentation in the original 2.35:1 CinemaScope aspect ratio. The colors jump off the screen at you, and I finally understood how it was meant to be seen, after years of knowing only the cropped home video version. There's an audio commentary by Alfred Newman biographer John Burlingame, screewriter Arthur Laurents, and actor James MacArthur (the son of Helen Hayes), who relate trivia about the score, the film, and Hayes' experiences making the movie, respectively.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Frangie on December 17, 2006
Format: DVD
In 1917, the Romanoff dynasty - rulers of Imperial Russia - were overthrown by revolution... Some of the nobility and their followers fled to safety but the Czar, his wife Alexandra and his five children were imprisoned and then slaughtered in a cellar in 1918 by the Bolsheviks...

Shortly after, rumors started that the youngest daughter of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolayevna had not been murdered with the rest of her family but had escaped and was still alive...

In the years that followed, the whisper grew louder and louder... Several women outside Russia claimed her identity... All were aware that l0 millions pounds were at stake left by the Czar in the Bank of England...

The film opens in Paris 1928 - Russian Easter...

An amnesic woman, using the name of Anna Corev (Ingrid Bergman), is about to commit suicide on the bank of the Seine... She is saved by a White Russian General, called Bounine (Yul Brynner).

With a face hint by fatigue and stress, lost and broken, frustrated and unhappy, and tired to argue, she accepts modestly to be taken under care and to be trained by the General and his business associates Boris Chernov (Akim Tamiroff) and Petrovin (Sasha Pitoeff) in order to be passed off as Princess Anastasia, the daughter of the Czar of Russia...

Bearing a strong resemblance to the Grand Duchess, the plan of the Russian group can succeed... There is an opportunity for them to share the inheritance, the fortune left by the Emperor...

After days of training, the unknown lady becomes another woman... Elegant, radiant and healthy, arousing profound solemnity, dignity and even royalty...
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