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Anastasia (1956)

NOTE: Region 1 Fox Studio Classics

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Arthur Laurents, James MacArthus (Hayes's son), film music historian John Burlingame, and film historian Sylvia Stoddard Rating:7.3/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by am1001 on June 5th, 2004:Find all reviews by am1001
Fair commentary. I didn't learn that much though. The documentary on the real Anastasia is much more interesting than the commentary.
Reviewed by petershelleyau on April 7th, 2012:Find all reviews by petershelleyau
Stoddard and Laurents are the best things here in this commentary of four separately recorded comments which are only sometimes scene-specific. Stoddard is one of my favourite commentators because she is so entertaining, and she talks about historical accuracy and detail, casting, director, screenwriter, the ambiguity of the subject matter, costumes, locations/sets, and the film's reception. She is also funny, particularly when she tells a story of how she furiously rang to complain to a television station once when they interrupted the climactic scene of the film with a commercial. Laurents describes the film as a fairy tale and a "hot fudge sundae" since he was less interested in the historical aspects of the material. He talks about how he came to the project because of previously having worked with Anatole Litvak, his adaptation including how the director changed the beginning and ending of the film, a funny story of how he inserted a line to compensate for the performance of Natalie Schafer in one scene, and the deliberate comic elements. Macarthur is less interesting as he talks about his mother, Helen Hayes, though managing to also talk about his own career. Additionally, Burlingame is boring as he talks about the score and the source music accessed.