Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1956. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Screenplay by Arthur Laurents, based on the play by Marcelle Maurette, adapted by Guy Bolton. Cinematography by Jack Hildyard. Produced by Buddy Adler. Music by Alfred Newman. Production Design by Andrej Andrejew, William C. Andrews. Costume Design by Rene Hubert. Film Editing by Bert Bates. Academy Awards 1956. Golden Globe Awards 1956. New York Film Critics Awards 1956.
After having been ejected from the United States for her extramarital affair with Roberto Rossellini, Ingrid Bergman was welcomed back to America with this interesting but slightly overblown production. She plays a young woman who is hired by two con men to pose as the missing heiress to the Romanov throne, the Princess Anastasia who was rumoured to survive the revolution that destroyed her entire family. Her transformation into the character is so complete, however, that pretty soon even her tutors are wondering if maybe she isn’t the real thing after all. Beautifully photographed in bright colours and plush within an inch of its life, the film isn’t as memorable as many other Cinemascope dramas made during its time but does have its high points. Also stars Yul Brynner and Helen Hayes as the Princess’s heartbroken grandmother.