Ingrid Bergman is as usual, a wonderful actress who leaves speculation to who she really is. I love how she plays the role; her acting forces you to constantly change your opinion. At first you see her simply as a dirty mad woman in disguise, and then slowly she transforms revealing more and more about her character. The only thing that displeased me about the film is, although the ending is perfect in every right, I still longed to see Brynner and Bergman reveal how they feel to one another. My curiosity drove me crazy as I watched the end. It would just fascinate me to see Bounine who is horrible at expressing how he feels tell her anything. I guess what he had said before to her in the throne room was proof enough. And how would she tell him that she didn?t want to marry Prince Paul? Curious?.
And of course it was beautifully shot and compelling to witness the wide angles and stretching backgrounds that made up their lives.
Familiarity first half but the film picks up on the second half starring Ingrid Bergman winning her second Oscar performance. Boring beginning which centers on General Sergei Pavlovich Bounine played by Yul Brynner conversing with Bergman who was hired or given a specific amount of money to find and locate the real Anastasia an heiress who was assumed to be shot dead by the rebels of the "Tsar" family during the turnover of the Russian revolution. With records showed that she was really alive and she happens to be a full grown lady who had escaped from a recent mental institution.
Plays almost like Yul Brynner's other film "The King And I" except that this time the roles are somewhat reversed where it's him falling for the wealthy missing heiress assumed to be Anastasia. Quite cliché first half but very involving second half. The most satisfying fictionalize portrait involving an actual lost heir.
3 out of 4 stars