Anastasia (1956)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1956.  Screenplay by , based on the play by , adapted by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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.

Academy Award:  Best Actress (Ingrid Bergman)
Nomination: Best Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

Golden Globe Award:  Best Actress-Drama (Ingrid Bergman)
Nomination: Best Actress-Drama (Helen Hayes)

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