Anastasia

Anastasia

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Director: Anatole Litvak

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,See more details below

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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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All Movie Guide
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

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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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