The Story of Anastasia

The Story of Anastasia and in the UK, Is Anna Anderson Anastasia? (German: Anastasia, die letzte Zarentochter), is a German film directed by Falk Harnack.[1][2] The 1956 film is based on the true story of a woman in Berlin who was pulled from the Landwehr Canal in 1920 and who later claimed to be Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II of Russia. The entire family was executed in the Russian Revolution, but this was not confirmed until their graves were discovered in 1991 and 2007.

The Story of Anastasia (US)
Is Anna Anderson Anastasia? (UK)
Directed byFalk Harnack
Produced byGünter Matern
Screenplay byHerbert Reinecker
StarringLilli Palmer
Ivan Desny
Music byHerbert Trantow
CinematographyFriedl Behn-Grund
Edited byKurt Zeunert
Corona Filmproduktion
Distributed byDeutsche London-Film Verleih
Release date
  • 27 September 1956 (1956-09-27) (West Germany)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryWest Germany

The American film Anastasia, directed by Anatole Litvak and featuring Ingrid Bergman appeared the same year.[3]



  1. John Howard Reid, CinemaScope Two: 20th Century Fox Lulu Press (2005), p. 19. ISBN 978-1-4116-2248-7
  2. "Anastasia, die letzte Zarentochter (Deutschland)." Der Spiegel (October 24, 1956). Retrieved March 3, 2012 (in German)
  3. "The Problem of Anastasia: Two films on a single pitiful theme", The Times (February 20, 1957), p. 11
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