How does the film "Anastasia" portray what happened to the Romanov family? What really happened to her family?

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ophelious eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It would be a mistake to go into the watching of the film "Anastasia" with the idea that you are going to see a picture with a good grounding in history.  In fact, the cartoon of "Anastasia" is essentially a work of fiction loosely based around the actual events of the Russian revolution.   Of course, if the actual flow of history were used it wouldn't have been much of a story : )

Here are some of the problems with the way that the family is represented in the movie:

  1. The major difference, of course, is that although the body of one of the daughters was not discovered, there is no evidence that any of the Romanov family survived.  They were all brutally slaughtered.  Anastasia never left her family as shown in the movie.
  2. It is also portrayed that the downfall of the Romanov family was a curse put on them by Rasputin, when in reality, it had more to do with the fact that Nicholas dragged his unprepared nation in to World War I, where it was defeated.  Historically, Rasputin was not an enemy of the Romanovs.
  3. Anastasia was not a young child at the time of the revolution, rather a 16 year old teenager.
  4. The Dowager Empress never lived in Paris, before the revolution or after.

I hope this helps.  This film, to me, falls under a similar category as Pocahontas.  Fun to watch, but destined to screw up people's understanding of the real historical events unless time is taken to learn the truth of the mater.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The movie "Anastasia" was made entirely for one specific purpose and that is entertain us. The real story of the Romanov family is indeed, truly sad. The whole entire family was brutally murdered. In the movie Anastasia, she narrowly escaped from being murdered, however, her family was brutally murdered. She developed a case of amnesia but later discovers her true identity. 

One of the theories that Anastasia may have survived is due to the fact that a few women came forward and said that they were Anastasia Romanov.This is because her body was thought to be missing. Later, DNA tests proved that the body of Anastasia was found burned.

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