Wednesday, November 4 at 7:00pm | Regular Admission Prices
Ingrid Bergman won her second Best Actress Oscar for the intriguing historical drama Anastasia, which marked her return to Hollywood (and public favor) after her years in Italy working with director Roberto Rossellini (with whom she had a “scandalous” affair).
“Splendid … fascinating … Bergman’s performance is nothing short of superb.” – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times
Bergman plays Anna, a mysterious amnesiac in 1920s Paris who is recruited by a former White Russian general (Yul Brynner) to impersonate the Grand Duchess Anastasia — the youngest daughter of the Tsar, who was rumored to have escaped the massacre of her family at the hands of the Bolsheviks — in a plot to procure the vast fortune left by the late sovereign in an English bank. Mercilessly drilled by her autocratic mentor (who naturally begins to take a romantic interest in his student), the conflicted Anna so perfects her imposture that the exiled Russian aristocrats who encounter her come to believe that she truly is the Grand Duchess — but the real test proves to be a severe inspection by the Russian Empress Dowager (Helen Hayes) in Copenhagen. Shot in sumptuous CinemaScope against a backdrop of stunning European locations, Anatole Litvak’s entrancing film gave Bergman one of her greatest roles as Anna/Anastasia, whose regal bearing disguises a vulnerable woman searching for her identity. (Dir. by Anatole Litvak, 1956, USA, 105 mins., Not Rated)