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Friday, 10 January 2014
Anna Anderson Subject of New Film
Topic: Russian Film


Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II
 
Director Arie Posin has announced plans for his next film, Duchess, starring Glenn Close who will portray Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholayevna, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna, who was long thought to have been killed along with the rest of her family in 1918. Even though she was proven to be an impostor, public opinion and media outlets kept the story going and somehow the "mystery" persisted. 

Posin co-wrote the script with Nicholas Kazan. It’s described as a dark road-trip comedy based on true events and covering the last days of Anna and her American husband Jack Manahan. After the courts forcibly put Anna into a retirement home in Charlottesville in 1983, Jack kidnapped her, and together they evaded the authorities across rural Virginia hoping to experience the honeymoon they never had. The film will begin shooting in Virginia later this year.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 10 January, 2014
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:38 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 10 January 2014 9:46 AM EST
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Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Cinematryoshka: Six Incarnations of Anna Karenina
Topic: Russian Film

There are more than 20 adaptations of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. And the more they appear - they more critical notes they collect from Russian literary square-toes. They are trying desperately to accuse directors of being inattentive towards Anna's descriptions.

According to the text, Anna had full throat and shoulders, rounded arms with tiny slender wrists, firm strong neck and straying curls of dark hair. "All that was noticeable was the little wilful tendrils of her curly hair that would always break free about her neck and temples." She prefered to dress in black and simple gowns, and not in these colorful cake-like dresses with laces and ruches. "Her black dress, with its sumptuous lace, was not noticeable on her; it was only the frame, and all that was seen was she--simple natural, elegant, and at the same time gay and eager."

But who said that a director should relentlessly follow the description? He, as an artist, should be free to treat the text. So we won't judge anyone and let you decide, which Anna Karenina is the most Karenina ever. Is it slim Keira Knightley, or gentle and soft Marceau? Or the most beautiful women of the world of cinematography Greta Garbo and Vivien Leigh represents Anna's virtue the best? Are Russian actresses Tatiana Samoilova or Tatiana Drubich more close to the authentic Karenina? It is up to you to decide.

© Rossiyskaya Gazeta. 26 February, 2013



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 11:25 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:31 AM EST
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