Feature Pitch project XI

The Romanov’s Family

Looking from the right – Maria, Alexandra, Alexei, Olga, Tatiana, Nicholas II, Anastasia

The house Romanov was the second dynasty to rule Russia, starting in 1613 until the abdication of Tzar Nicholas II on March 15, 1917, as a result of the February Revolution. The Royal family was hold captive until 17th of July 1918 when they were all gathered in one of the rooms  at Ipatiev’s House in Yekaterinburg in the meaddle of the night and told that they are going to be transported in to a safer place after a few minutes soldiers entered the room then the sentence was read and the whole family was immediately shot and stabbed until dead.

Ipatiev’s House

Execution room

They said that there was so much blood it overcomed the threshold and runned down the stairs.. Afterward the bodys were taken to the empty mine, chopped, burned, and melted with acid. (On the way to the mine bolsheviks came across the women and her son coming back from the fish market, They told her to go home immideiately and don’t dare to look back. Woman did looked back and soon the whole country knew what happened.) Afterwards Bolsheviks told people that the Tsar whas shot dead for the crimes he comited and the rest of the family was transported in to a safe place.

Many people would come to the crime scene to pray and leave flowers or light candles. Comunists didn’t approve that sort of behaviour and Ipatiev’s House was demolished. It didn’t stop people from coming. Years later in it’s place was build The Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land.

The bodies of Anastasia and Alexy was purposely burried in a different spot to confuse anyone who might attepmt to look for the royal family. Because of that there was created a tale that Anastasia managed to escape, there was no possibility that Alexei survived because he was already in really bad health and he couldn’t even stand on his own for a few minutes (he had hemofilia).

There was many impostors claiming to be Anastasia. The most known was Anna Anderson.

Those who had known Anastasia said that she was a fake but others were convinced that she was Anastasia. In 1927 a private investigation funded by Tsarina Alexandra’s brother identified Anderson as Franziska Schanzkowska, a Polish factory worker with a mental illness. After years of investigation the German court ruled that Anderson is an imposter but because of the media she was remembered as a real Grand Dutches Anastasia.

Vladimir Lenin

Lenin died 6 years after the slaughter of Romanov’s family and the real reason of his death is unknown. Also the fact of his death was kept a secret for many weeks because he was the most important comunistic persona and his death at that moment would wery badly affect the state of comunistic regime.

Fox’s – Anastasia (1997)

Plot – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anastasia_(1997_film)

“In 1916, Tsar Nicholas II hosts a ball at the Catherine Palace to celebrate the Romanov tricentennial. His mother, the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna, is visiting from Paris and gives a music box and a necklace inscribed with the words “Together in Paris” as parting gifts to her youngest granddaughter, eight-year-old Grand Duchess Anastasia. The ball is suddenly interrupted by the sorcerer Grigori Rasputin, the former royal advisor of the Romanovs until he was banished by Nicholas II for treason. Feeling betrayed and seeking revenge, Rasputin sold his soul in exchange for an unholy reliquary, which he uses to place a curse on theRomanov family, sparking the Russian Revolution. Only Marie and Anastasia are able to escape the ensuing siege of the palace, thanks to a young servant boy named Dimitri who shows them a secret passageway in Anastasia’s room. Rasputin confronts the two royals outside on a frozen river, only to fall through the ice and freeze to death. The pair manage to reach a moving train, but only Marie climbs aboard while Anastasia falls, hitting her head on the platform and giving her amnesia.

Ten years later, Russia is under communist rule and Marie has publicly offered 10 million rubles for the safe return of her granddaughter. Dimitri and his friend/partner-in-crime Vladimir search for a look-alike to bring to Paris and pass off as Anastasia so as to collect the reward from Marie. Elsewhere, Anastasia, now using the name “Anya”, leaves the rural orphanage where she grew up, having lost her memory prior to arriving there. Accompanied by a stray puppy she names “Pooka”, she decides to head to Saint Petersburg, inspired by the passage on the necklace she still has. In the deserted palace she encounters Dimitri and Vladimir, who are impressed by her resemblance to the “real” Anastasia and decide to take her with them to Paris.

Bartok, Rasputin’s albino bat minion, is nearby and notices his master’s dormant reliquary suddenly revived by Anastasia’s presence; it drags him to limbo, where the soul of Rasputin survives. Enraged to hear that Anastasia escaped the curse, Rasputin sends his demonic minions from the reliquary to kill her; despite two assassination attempts, the trio manage to (unwittingly) foil him, forcing Rasputin and Bartok to travel back to the surface.

Anastasia, Dimitri and Vladimir eventually reach Paris and go to meet Marie, who refuses to see her, having been nearly fooled numerous times before by impostors. Despite this, Sophie (Marie’s cousin) quizzes Anastasia to confirm her identity. Though Anastasia offers the expected answers as taught to her by Dimitri, he realizes she is indeed the real Anastasia when she vaguely recollects how a boy had saved her ten years prior. Sophie, also convinced of Anastasia’s identity, arranges a meeting with Marie at the Palais Garnier Opera house, but Marie initially refuses, having heard of Dimitri’s scheme to present a stand-in in order to collect the reward money. Anastasia overhears the argument and angrily leaves. Dimitri kidnaps Marie and takes her to see Anastasia. When she refuses, Dimitri shows her the music box that he had found at the palace, and when its music plays, Anastasia is awash with her memories, convincing Marie of her identity. The two are joyfully reunited.

Marie offers Dimitri the reward money, but to her surprise, he refuses it and leaves for Russia, thanking Anastasia for her return to her grandmother. That night at Anastasia’s return celebration, Marie informs her of Dimitri’s gesture. Anastasia, deep in thought about Dimitri, wanders onto the Pont Alexandre III where she is trapped and attacked by Rasputin. Dimitri returns to save her, but is injured and knocked unconscious while Bartok abandons Rasputin. In the struggle, Anastasia manages to get hold of Rasputin’s reliquary and crushes it under her foot, destroying it. With Rasputin’s soul having been tied to the reliquary, he promptly dies and disintegrates.

Afterwards, Dimitri and Anastasia reconcile after Anastasia finally discovers the truth about herself; they elope and Anastasia sends a farewell letter to Marie and Sophie, promising to return one day. The couple kisses on a riverboat and Bartok shares a kiss with a female bat before bidding the audience farewell.”

This version of anastasia is very nice but I don’t really understand why Rasputin would wan’t to kill Anastasia after all its Tsar who wanted him dead. Also I find this film very “american” which doesn’t suit me because it has nothing of the Russian folklor and mentality.

I am planing on making my own version of the story how Anastasia survived cause I believe that you can make so much more of the real story.

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References:

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. 2016. . [ONLINE] Available at:https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/84/Ipatiev_House_-_Cellar_room.jpg. [Accessed 20 May 2016].

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. 2016. . [ONLINE] Available at:https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f1/Yekaterinburg_cathedral_on_the_blood_2007.jpg/250px-Yekaterinburg_cathedral_on_the_blood_2007.jpg. [Accessed 20 May 2016].

. 2016. . [ONLINE] Available at:https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a1/AnnaAnderson1922.jpg/200px-AnnaAnderson1922.jpg. [Accessed 20 May 2016].

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. 2016. . [ONLINE] Available at:https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b9/Lenin.jpg. [Accessed 8 May 2016].

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