Anastasia (1956)

“The poor have only one advantage; they know when they are loved for themselves.” – Anastasia

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Years after the Russian Royal family has been murdered, a amnesiac woman is found who might be the Czar’s daughter Anastasia, but can she convince everyone and herself of who she might be?

My Take on it – This is a film that I had heard of before yet never had the opportunity to watch.

Since I’m currently on a quest to watch all film that have garnered Oscar nominations for its actors, I finally had the chance to see what this was all about.

The story is presented really well and they are able to keep the mystery of it all very ambiguous throughout the film.

The story is enhanced even more by the amazing performance by Ingrid Bergman in the title role.

This performance was able to win her another Best Actress Oscar for her collection.

She has great chemistry with her co-star Yul Brynner who has a great character arc also and is quite intriguing to watch as the story unfolds.

Helen Hayes steals the few scenes she is in as a regal Empress and I’m quite surprised that she failed to receive any award recognition for work in this film.

The movie does a great job dealing with the idea of identity and we get to see it from various perspectives.

They show the viewpoint of how people perceive one another and also how they perceive themselves at the same time.

The story is set up as a great mystery and the fact that even the characters themselves are unaware of the real truth adds so much to the way one looks at these kind of things.

Bottom Line – Great story that is enhanced by the amazing performance of Bergman who won an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here.  Brynner is also great here since his character arc is also quite intriguing to watch. Hayes steals the show with her few scenes and I’m surprised tat she missed out on award recognition for her work here. The film does a nice job of trying to explore the idea of identity, both how one perceives themselves and how they are perceived by others at the same time.  The story is set up as a great mystery where even the characters don’t now themselves what the truth is.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Anna Anderson’s handwriting was pronounced identical with Anastasia’s and medical experts found 17 points of similarity between her ear and the real Anastasia’s. However, after her death it was discovered that her DNA did not match that of England’s Prince Philip, a blood relative of the Romanovs. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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