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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