Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
20th Century Fox,
Dir: Anatole Litvak
Ingrid Bergman’s return to Hollywood brought her a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the title role of this intriguing historical drama. Among the first casualties of the 1917 Russian Revolution were Tsar Nicholas II and his family, though rumors persisted for years that daughter Anastasia had escaped execution. With a £10 million inheritance on the line, General Bounine (Yul Brynner) grooms a mysterious young woman (Bergman) to play Anastasia, but the more time he spends with her, the more he begins to suspect she’s the real thing. Helen Hayes is wonderful as the dowager Empress who will decide the claim.
Ingrid Bergman’s affair with director Roberto Rossellini during the making of this drama sparked a scandal, derailing her Hollywood career for several years. She plays Karen, a Lithuanian war refugee who marries an Italian fisherman (Mario Vitale) to escape an internment camp, but life on his tradition-bound volcanic island proves restrictive in other ways. Rossellini’s neorealist approach provides a fascinating frame to Bergman’s strong central performance as the alienated village newcomer.
Steve Martin is a private eye who interacts with some of film noir’s iconic characters thanks to gorgeous black-and-white cinematography and some extremely creative editing. Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Alan Ladd and Ingrid Bergman (whose scenes were repurposed from NOTORIOUS) are just some of the famous faces you’ll spot!