ANASTASIA (1956) C widescreen 105m dir: Anatole Litvak
w/Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff, Martita Hunt, Felix Aylmer, Sacha Pitoeff, Ivan Desny, Natalie Schafer, Gregoire Gromoff
Absorbing drama of a young amnesiac woman in Germany who may or may not be the daughter of Czar Nicholas II of Russia.
From The Movie Guide: "The peak of Ingrid Bergman's triumphant career. Cheap impostor or grand duchess of Russia and daughter of the last czar? There was no doubt in the mind of any viewer after watching Bergman's sublime performance that Anastasia was the lost and unhappy Romanoff princess. This was Bergman's comeback to American screens after the Rosellini [sic] scandal and she played her part with such intense feeling that it won over audiences worldwide and earned her an Academy Award. Climax is Bergman's confrontation with Empress Hayes, the latter's best screen work. The [Arthur] Laurents screenplay is faithful to the Marcelle Maurette play. A grand entry in Hollywood history."
As an added aside, Bergman's response to inquiries about how she felt about being accepted once more into the Hollywood "family" is worth noting: "Happiness depends on two assets, which fortunately I have. They are good health and a poor memory."
Besides Bergman's Best Actress Oscar, the film was also nominated for Best Score.