I love Anastasia but they get so much shit wrong and I had to talk about it.
As a history major currently studying Soviet Russia I would like to formally bless this post
History majors have a hard time just sitting and enjoying period pieces….especially with others
"Wait a second…that’s not right…"
^ You understand me friend
I was about to be like “jeez it’s just a cartoon” but nearly died laughing at this post multiple time. read this post. it’s good post
"Non. I do not give une fuck"
I never got the feeling that Anastasia was supposed to become ruler of Russia as much as she was supposed to re-enter royal society. As for the hair, if you look closely she has long hair tied in a knot.
Don’t get me wrong - the movie’s hilariously inaccurate, but I had to nitpick.
Speaking of nitpicking, here’s a picture of Anastasia closer to her death:
She’s seventeen here, and I believe she was eighteen in the movie.
(Frontal view here, at either sixteen or seventeen. She’s second from the left.)
Still doesn’t look like her animated counterpart, but probably better pictures for comparison. (Eight-year-old Anastasia in this picture does remind me of her young self in the movie, though it could just be the hairstyle.) Tatiana and Nicholas iirc are the only Romanovs that resembled their animated counterparts in the movie, and Nicholas even had the wrong eye color. The movie can’t seem to decide the difference in ages between the sisters, either (in one photo they look as close in age as they did in real life, but in a painting Olga and Tatiana seem to be older. The girls are older teens/adults in Anastasia’s hallucinations, but Alexei, Nicholas, and Alexandra are still the same age, which makes no sense unless the creators just wanted to have a bunch of pretty dancing princesses.)
Other inaccuracies… Rasputin was not a leader in either of the Russian Revolutions or even a Bolshevik. Last I checked, there was debate as to how much we know about him is true, but that we know is false. The palace was never stormed with the family inside. The Romanovs had been out of power for over a year by the time they were killed, and the (rather brutal) killings happened in the basement of a house in the Ural city of Yekaterinburg by a group of…darn it, I can’t remember if they were secret police agents or not. Well, anyway, they were killed by a group of soldiers, not cornered and slaughtered by an angry mob, like the movie seems to imply. The short version as to why is that anti-communist forces were advancing on Yekaterinburg and the Reds didn’t want the imperial family to fall into their hands. I bring these up because even in high school I had schoolmates who believed these things. Oh, and the Dowager Empress lived in Copenhagen, not Paris. And “Anna” and “Anastasia” are not related names. Anna comes from Anna Anderson, the most famous of the women that claimed to be Anastasia. The movie doesn’t claim that the two names are related, but some people get the impression that they are.
Anastasia was based off an older movie of the same name made in 1956. There’s a photoset somewhere on here that shows some of the similarities in direction, but I can’t find it. Anyway, some of the logical problems of the 1997 plot are likely due to the fact that the writers took the original plot and then Disneyfied it (yes, I know it’s FOX production, but it’s written like a Disney Princess movie). For example, Anastasia abandons the party where she’s supposed to make her debut at the end of the movie. The 1997 movie has her do it because she wanted to be with Dmitri, who she’s not “supposed to” marry because he’s below her station. In the 1956 movie and the original play, she’s also in love with the con man who set up her with the Dowager Empress, but there’s also a possibility that she’s not Anastasia. It’s never confirmed either way whether she’s the lost Grand Duchess or not. I mean, all right. The Emperor’s daughter marrying a kitchen boy would be scandalous on its own, but I think the original where reporters were also digging up her previous aliases makes more sense. …At least if you didn’t believe she was Anastasia.
tl;dr good post, had to add on. Somebody correct me if I’m wrong on anything.