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  • Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff, Martita Hunt
  • Directors: Anatole Litvak
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007JV72XQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,374 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An expatriate White Russian general sets in motion a grand hoax after he meets a destitute woman on the banks of the Seine River in Paris. He is amazed at her resemblance to Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas of Russia, rumored to have somehow survived the Bolsheviks' execution of the Romanoff family in 1918. He trains her to impersonate the missing princess but soon begins to feel she may be the real Anastasia. Ultimately, the truth can only be decided by one person Anastasia's grandmother, the Dowager Empress.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
Anatole Litvak's 1956 Anastasia was Ingrid Bergman's big comeback vehicle after being cast into the moral void for running off with Roberto Rossellini, but it's Helen Hayes' performance that really gives the film its heart and its best scenes. Now that the story of Anna Anderson's claim to the title and inheritance of Tsar Nicholas' daughter has been completely debunked by DNA tests it's more a bit of wish-fulfilment than a compelling mystery, and one that doesn't go out of its way to disguise its theatrical origins - despite the lavish CinemaScope lensing, it rarely strays outdoors unless it's absolutely necessary for a brief establishing shot. Yul Brynner and Akim Tamiroff do their party pieces (stern precision and comically nervous dishonesty) and Bergman fares much better doing imperious than impoverished in a classy production that goes down smoothly but doesn't linger long in the memory.

Fox's DVD suffers from an atrocious remix in the opening reel where the music and effects track are amplified while the dialog is reduced to a barely audible whisper even at full volume, a problem that doesn't affect the rest of the film but is irritating as hell while it lasts. As usual with Fox's classics titles, aside from the trailer all the extras from the US release (documentary, audio commentary, newsreels) have been dropped.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Fingerboardgirl on 25 Feb. 2005
Format: DVD
Before I go any further, pay no heed to the synopsis given for this film. There are no curses by mad monks or banging of heads anywhere in this film!
A dashing Yul Brynner plays General Bounine who is running a scam based on rumours that one of the Romanov princesses did not die with the rest of her family during the Russian revolution. He finds girls who more or less fits the Duchess Anastasia's description and tries to pass her off as the real thing in order to gain a £10m inheritance.
Bounine believes he has struck gold when he comes across Anna (Ingrid Bergman), an amnesiac vagrant who he believes will seal the deal. However, as the days pass, Anna displays traits and knowledge only Anastasia can know which raises the question - is she the really the missing princess?
The mystery of the missing Romanov body of Anastasia has always fascinated me which is why I watched this film. Both Brynner and Bergman give winning performances in what is both a love story and a mystery. Of course, the film offers no real answers to the Romanov mystery but this passes a Sunday afternoon nicely, dozing on the sofa after a Sunday roast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z. Herbert VINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2011
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The plot of this film is too well known and documented to need repeating; that Anna Anderson has been proven an impostor and that the remains of the Princess Anastasia have been found are irrelevant to the enjoyment of this meringue.

I saw this film in the cinema when it was first released and was interested to see whether it has dated. Curiously, not that much. Bergman is as severely beautiful as ever and Brynner is his sculptured, enigmatic self. The supporting characters are as real or unreal now as they were years ago; Helen Hayes' performance is sharp, concise and full whilst Akim Tamiroff is as greasy, irritating and edgy as ever. For me the magnetism between Brynner and Bergman doesn't happen and I don't feel the relationship develops from manipulator/puppet into any grand love affair. That said, the film is an excellent vehicle for the visual charms of both actors and the director is not mean in his presentation of them.

The dialogue sounds a little stilted but speech patterns do change so I can live with that. The musical score is wonderful, capturing the melancholy of Russian folk music and the sweeping grandeur of a Hollywood hidden orchestra - no mean feat! The costumes are, if not historically accurate, at least flattering and pleasing to the eye. They conjure how one imagines a Tsarist to be in Paris after the Revolution; whether it is correct or not is hardly material. This is escapist fiction, after all. It is a wet Sunday afternoon DVD and that is worth having.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zebedee on 31 May 2013
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Would recommend this DVD to all Yul Brynner fans. From a historical point of view the filmscript is suspect but all the players in this movie are excellent. My one and only tiny bug bear is that the ending could have been better, but that is the fault of the scriptwriters not the actors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Henderson on 11 Jun. 2013
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Colourful, romantic, superb acting and a good story. You are left wondering "could it by true"? Lovely and memorable background music
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K.W.March on 25 Feb. 2013
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This was great would recommend it to my friends and associates very pleased with this disc everything in order price was very good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Crone on 18 Feb. 2013
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This site was brill would buy off them again this was a good site to buy and the DVD was in good nick
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"Anastasia", Ingrid Bergman's first
Hollywood-film after an "exile" of
seven years due to the scandal of
her marriage to Roberto Rossellini,
was a smash-hit that earned her a
much deserved Academy Award in
1957. All the actors in this movie are excellent: Yul
Brynner and Akim Tamiroff as the organizers
of the "conspiracy" to present "Anna Anderson"
as Anastasia, the murdered Tsar's only surviving daughter,
Helen Hayes as the Dowager Empress of
Russia living in exile, Martita Hunt as her
crazy-funny lady in waiting...

The screenplay is very good, leading the audience to doubt
till the end both of the characters' sincerity
and of its own judgement! Is Anna/Anastasia a complete liar
or has she really lost her memory? Does she
"remember" things or is she repeating what she
was told to remember? Is she, at the end, "convinced" by
other people's credulity?( in other words : does she believe
her own lies?) Why the surprising end?
What does it really mean?

I like very much Anatole Litvak as a director,and Bergman
has always been one of my favourite actresses, so
why am I just a little bit dissapointed? Perhaps I
expected too much from this old "classic"? Perhaps
my own, very fond "memories" of the movie were
a bit misleading? Perhaps this film did not age as well as
Ingrid Bergman's other films?

Five stars all the same.

Elisheva Guggenheim-Mohosh, Geneva, Switzerland
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