Anastasia

Anastasia

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Director: Anatole Litvak, Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes

Cast: Anatole Litvak, Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes

     
 

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Anatole Litvak's 1956 drama Anastasia comes to DVD from Fox Home Entertainment with a widescreen anamorphic transfer. The English soundtrack is offered in Dolby Digital 4.0 Stereo, with French and Spanish soundtracks in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish. The audio commentary track is by John Burlingame, Arthur Laurents,

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Anatole Litvak's 1956 drama Anastasia comes to DVD from Fox Home Entertainment with a widescreen anamorphic transfer. The English soundtrack is offered in Dolby Digital 4.0 Stereo, with French and Spanish soundtracks in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish. The audio commentary track is by John Burlingame, Arthur Laurents, James MacArthur, and Sylvia Stoddard. Also contains Anastasia: Her True Story from A&E's Biography. Other special features include theatrical trailers, historical Movietone newsreels, and a restoration comparison.

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The classic treatment of the popular story of Princess Anastasia is this 1956 Hollywood version by Soviet-born director Anatole Litvak, based on a play by Marcelle Maurette. The lustrous Ingrid Bergman won her second Academy Award for her finely modulated portrayal of an amnesia victim who is manipulated by an exiled Russian White general (Yul Brynner) into posing as the long-lost daughter of the late Czar Nicholas. Anastasia marked Bergman's Hollywood comeback from her own exile in Europe following an overplayed personal scandal with Italian director Roberto Rossellini. The skeptical Russian Grand Duchess is played by the reliable Helen Hayes. Highly theatrical in its structure, this Anastasia is slick and entertaining, if not particularly attentive to historical nuances. Litvak uses his own experiences of fleeing both Nazi Germany and the Stalinist Soviet Union to fashion a thoughtful, sophisticated study about the intertwining of political and personal deception. After Bergman's exquisite portrayal, the character of Anastasia was fated to decline, through it was later attempted by Amy Irving in 1986 and in a Don Bluth animated version in 1997.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2003
UPC:
0024543060918
Original Release:
1956
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural, Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by John Burlingame, Arthur Laurents, James MacArthus, and Sylvia Stoddard; "Anastasia: Her True Story" as seen on Biography on the A&E Network; Movietone newsreels (film premieres, award show clips, Romanov family footage); Restoration comparison; Theatrical trailer; Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 2.35:1); Audio: English 4.0 surround, French mono, Spanish mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ingrid Bergman Anastasia
Yul Brynner General Bounine
Helen Hayes Empress Dowager Marie Fedorovna
Akim Tamiroff Chernov
Martita Hunt Baroness von Livenbaum
Felix Aylmer Russian Chamberlain
Sacha Pitoeff Petrovin
Ivan Desny Prince Paul
Natalie Schafer Lissenskaia
Gregoire Gromoff Stepan
Karel Stepanek Vlados
Ina DeLa Haye Marusia
Hy Hazell Blonde
Olga Valery Countess Baranova
Tamara Shayne Xenia
Peter Sallis Grischa
Serge Pitoeff Petrovin
Katherine Kath Maxime
Paul Bildt Actor

Technical Credits
Anatole Litvak Director
Buddy Adler Producer
André Andrejew Art Director
Bill Andrews Art Director
Bert Bates Editor
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Rene Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Laurents Screenwriter
Andrew Low Set Decoration/Design
Alfred Newman Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [2:31]
2. Russian Easter [7:47]
3. Meeting Bounine [2:07]
4. Is She, Or Isn't She? [2:43]
5. Training [10:55]
6. Meeting the Committee [1:56]
7. More Training [1:36]
8. A Party [3:21]
9. The Dowager Empress [4:55]
10. At the Theatre [2:36]
11. Prince Paul [7:17]
12. Doubt [2:20]
13. The Meeting [6:45]
14. Back With the Gypsies [1:34]
15. A Press Conference [5:43]
16. A Presentation [5:26]
17. Anastasia and the Empress [:12]
18. She Is Gone [3:32]

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Anastasia 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 1956 version of ¿Anastasia¿ is the rapturous fairytale that attempts to answer the question surrounding the mystery of what became of the youngest daughter belonging to Tsar Nicholas II, the last Imperial ruler of Russia. Arthur Lawrence happily distances his screenplay from anything even remotely associated with the tragic historical record to focus instead on a troupe of militant loyalist exiles wallowing in their pasts in Paris. Ingrid Bergman stars as the mysterious woman with no past who is plucked from obscurity by con man, General Bounine (Yul Brynner). Bounine wants to get his hands on Anastasia¿s ten million dollar inheritance. Engaging two former masters from Russia¿s imperial court, the conniving Chernov (Akim Tamaroff) and the nervous Petrovan (Sasha Pitoeff) Bounine begins to educate his find in a crash course of social graces and royal protocol. However, somewhere between the lesson and the past, the protégé begins to recall places and people that she hasn¿t been taught about, leaving Bounine with more curiosity and questions than ever before. Can it be that the woman with no past is in fact the actual heir to the Russian throne? Helen Hayes costars as the impeccable Dowager Empress. Her initial reaction to Bounine is one of bitter disdain. But when the woman being groomed as Anastasia suddenly recalls for the Empress a memory that no one but she could have known, the Dowager¿s heart melts and she accepts the woman as her grand daughter. As a mere supporting player, Martita Hunt, as the Baroness Von Livenbaum, is a genuine scene stealer. This is a film of immense emotional undercurrents made all the more poignant by a stellar cast of performers. Fox DVD has done a very nice job remastering this film for DVD. Previous editions on laserdisc and VHS had been plagued by orangy flesh tones and excessive amounts of film grain. This DVD corrects and properly balances the colors. Though at times flesh tones can appear a little on the pasty side, over all the color, black levels and fine detail are impeccably rendered. A slight amount of edge enhancement and some very minute aliasing crops up in a few scenes but nothing that will distract. The audio is a 4.0 remastering effort that brings back the early grandeur of Cinemascope stereophonic recording to its original glory. Extras include a Biography Special on the real Anastasia, a Movie-tones trailer, a restoration comparison and the film's original theatrical trailer - plus an insightful audio commentary running throughout the film's presentation. This is a handsomely mounted production that really lives up to its subject matter. What became of the real Anastasia remains secret to this day. The film, rather than offer closure, presents more questions than answers - a fitting end to one of the 20th century's most tragic and compelling vanishing acts.
loziobonzo More than 1 year ago
Well, we are dealing with a conspiracy theory here and certainly everyone who knows this story will have their own notions about its veracity. To my mind, this is the version I prefer. The performances by Helen Hayes and Yul Brynner are spectacular and I don't have the words to describe Ingrid Bergman. She IS Anastasia. The moment that is etched into my memory is when she finally confesses her identity and bursts into laughter which morphs into weeping. Chilling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago