Daily Archives: October 7, 2015

Early Throwback Thursday Post-Anastasia (1997 & 1956)

On the 17th of July in 1918, Tsar Nicholas the II, the last Tsar of Imperial Russia was murdered with his family and a few loyal servants by the soldiers of the Communist party.

On that day, a legend was born. The legend stated that the Tsar’s youngest daughter, Anastasia survived the massacre of her family. Escaping her prison, she took on a new identity and slipped into history.

Over the years, Hollywood has tried to tell the story of how Anastasia anonymously survived into adulthood.

In 1997, an animated film told the story of Anastasia.

Anastasia (voiced by Meg Ryan) is an orphan. Taking up with two con men, Dimitri (voiced by John Cusack) and Vladmir (Kelsey Grammar), Anastasia has one goal. She has to convince the Dowager Empress (voiced by Angela Lansbury), that she is her granddaughter. A wrench is thrown into the mix when Rasputin (voiced by Christopher Lloyd) sees his chance to finally destroy the last of the Romanov’s.

In 1956, another film tried to tell the story. General Bounine (Yul Brynner) tries to pass Anna Koreff (Ingrid Bergman) off as the vanished grand duchess. The con becomes problematic when the ruse becomes too convincing.

Do I recommend them? The problem with a story like Anastasia is that there is often more fiction than fact. Hollywood, in its attempt to bring in audiences, may smudge known history to compile what they hope to be a compelling story.

To answer the question, my answer is maybe, for both.

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Early Throwback Thursday Post-State Of Grace (2001-2002)

Outside of our families, our friends are often closest to our hearts. When we are young, our friends will shape our world and our world view as much as our families

In the short-lived television series State Of Grace (2001-2002), two young women have become friends in the mid 1960’s.

Emma Grace McKee (Mae Whitman) and Hannah Rayburn (Alia Shawkat) are best friends. Emma is Catholic and Hannah is Jewish. Against the changes that the world is experiencing in the mid 1960’s and the individual changes that we all go through during our preteen years, Emma and Hannah will face the world together.

This show, like many, did not last. While the idea of the show was interesting and used The Wonder Years as a model for storytelling, it was simply ok.

Do I recommend it? I would like to say yes, but I am more inclined toward maybe.

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