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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Citation #5

MLA Citation
Bibliographic Reference Sloan, Sam. Anastasia. 10 Nov. 2005 .
Parenthetical Within Text (Sloan)

Anastasia is unquestionably the greatest movie of its kind ever made.
The critics pan it and it has gotten off to a slow start. Nevertheless, Anastasia is a movie which every man, woman and child must see.
The critics complain that Anastasia fails to deal adequately with the Bolshevik Revolution and that it does not even mention the word Communism. Do they also complain that Snow White and Cinderella are not accurately historically described? The fact is that Anastasia was (and perhaps still is) a real, historical character. Indeed, all of the major characters in the movie Anastasia were actual real people, with the exception, of course, of Dimitri and Vladimir, the two con men who try to locate a suitable impostor to collect a ten million ruble reward which has been offered by the Dowager Empress Marie for the return of the real Anastasia.

There are a few historical inaccuracies in the movie Anastasia. For example, it gives her age as 8 in 1916, but the real Anastasia was born in June, 1901 and therefore was 15 in 1916. The movie Anastasia has the evil sorcerer Rasputin casting a curse which brings about the death of the entire Romanov family, with the exception of Anastasia.

Rasputin was a real person who was a mad monk in the Russian Orthodox Church. History has long debated and will continue to debate the role of Rasputin in bringing about the downfall of the Romanovs. His actual importance was derived from the fact that Czarina Alexandra believed that Rasputin held magical powers to cure or at least to treat the hemophilia which afflicted her son, Alexei. Nasty rumors of the time placed Rasputin in bed having sex with the Czarina and all four of her daughters, while her husband, Nicholas II, was out on the front lines, leading his troops during World War I.

These rumors were based on Rasputin's known habits of debauchery, plus a packet of letters which Czarina Alexandra had written to Rasputin which were stolen from Rasputin's room by another monk named Iliodor and published in the newspapers in 1911. One of these letters from the Czarina to Rasputin said: "How soon will you be close to me again? Come quickly! I am waiting for you and tormenting myself for you."

According to historians, the publication of these letters greatly contributed to the overthrow of the Czar in 1916, which condemned Russia to more than 70 years of Communist rule.

In spite of these flaws, the creators of Anastasia, who are two top refugees from Walt Disney Productions, have done a magnificent job of turning the story of a young girl who was almost certainly killed by a firing squad in 1918, into a compelling children's story. Their attention to detail is fantastic. The real Anastasia looked just like the cartoon character Anastasia (provided that the real Anastasia had lost about 15 pounds. Reports of that time say that the real Anastasia was somewhat overweight, in contrast to the "Barbie Doll" physique of the cartoon version.) In addition, believe it or not, the real Rasputin looked just like the animated cartoon version of Rasputin. The real Czar Nicholas II looked just like the cartoon czar. The real St. Petersberg looks like St. Petersberg, Paris looks like Paris and so on. The real Anastasia had a small dog, just like the movie version. The cartoon Anastasia wears the same outfit and even the same hat as the real Anastasia was photographed wearing.

The creators did take liberties in two respects: In real life, the Dowager Empress Marie, the only immediate member of the ruling Romanov family to escape the firing squad, did not settle in Paris but rather in Denmark. However, the creators have explained that they wanted to capture the image of Paris in the 1920s. They have afforded cameo parts in the movie to such luminaries of that time as Sigmund Freud and Maurice Chevalier. Freud provides his most famous quote, which was that, after much study, he still does not know what women want. Secondly, in depicting the Winter Palace of the czars, the creators knocked out the second floor, thereby combining two floors into one to make the palace look even grander and more majestic than it really is. They also added a grand staircase.

The creators of the movie Anastasia have also spliced in parts of the story of Anna Anderson, a fake but almost convincing Anastasia who was found by a court in Germany in the 1920s to be merely a Polish peasant girl in spite of her strong physical resemblance to the real Anastasia plus the fact that numerous persons who had known the actual Anastasia swore that Anna Anderson was Anastasia.

Anna Anderson died in 1984 in Richmond, Virginia. In 1994, after DNA testing became available, they compared her DNA with that of Anastasia's grand nephew, Prince Philip of England, the husband of Queen Elizabeth. This DNA test proved conclusively that Anna Anderson really was a Polish peasant girl and was not Anastasia.

This DNA test was possible because the royal families of that time intermarried with each other. The royal families of England, Austria and Russia are all really the same family. Queen Victoria of England was the great grandmother of Anastasia.

Tragically, Queen Victoria carried the gene of hemophilia, which she passed on to many of her 9 children, even though she herself was not afflicted with this disease. As a result, the royal families of Europe carry this disease and when two members of that family marry each other, the child is likely to be afflicted. Czarina Alexandria, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria, was born in Germany, but when she was married to Czar Nicholas II she brought with her the gene for hemophilia which she passed on to her only son, Alexis.

The real Anastasia has been dug up. The mass grave of her family was discovered in Yekaterinberg in the Ural mountains in 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The bodies of five females and four males were recovered, along with the bones of a small dog. The males were positively identified to include Czar Nicholas II. The dog was Anastasia's dog, whom she is said to have been holding in her arms when they were shot by the firing squad. However, supposedly six females were executed at Yekaterinberg in 1918. These were: Czarina Alexandra, her four daughters, Olga, Titiana, Marie and Anastasia, and the family cook. This means that the body of one female is unaccounted for. Could Anastasia have possibly escaped? Is it possible that she grew up in a Soviet orphanage, as the movie says that she did? Is it possible that Anastasia is among us today and that you are Anastasia?

Why would Anastasia be hiding today if she were alive? Why would a person claim to be Anastasia if she were not? The answer is obvious: MONEY. The Romanovs, like many world leaders, kept their money hidden in foreign bank accounts. There are one billion dollars in assets on deposit in England, just waiting for Anastasia to walk in the door and claim them. Perhaps you are that person!

Notes: Oh my god this is like the most perfect information that i could ever possibly find. Now i have alot of good information to start my paper.

Friday, November 04, 2005



I. Introduction
A: in the beginning I am going to briefly introduce what I am going to be talking about
1.opening sentence
2.the comparison between the cartoon movie Anastasia and what actually happened
II. Stating the facts of the Romanov empire
A. How they were all in charge and then they were taken over by the bolshaviks ad then murdered.
III. Anastasia (the real person)
A. she was in the romanov family
B. the fact that they don’t know if she is alive or dead
C. how a women named Anna Anderson portrayed to be the lost duchas Anastasia
IV. The cartoon movie about Anastasia
A. give a summery of the plot of the movie
B. tell the true parts
C. tell the fake parts
D. explain why the producers may have created the movie and why they would have added the fictional parts
V. Closing
A. tell a little thing about how the romanovs were good people and there experiences are still a mystery

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Wonderlog Post

So Far my reserch question has held up very well. I have not had to modify it and I have actuly found alot of stuff. Maybe even stuff that I don't need. I have kept the same main idea from the begining. the only thing that I just canged is a minor thing by comparing what actuly happened to the cartoon movie "Anastasia." Well I guess the only thing that I learned about research is that sometimes you get alot of useful information. I think I have a pretty good research process judgging that I always find what I am looking for in a desent amount of time.

Citation #2

MLA Citation
Bibliographic Reference "The Romanovs Remembered." Anastasia and Anna Anderson. 03 Nov. 2005 .
Parenthetical Within Text (The Romanovs Remembered)

"The remains of the imperial family were exhumed in 1991. Portions of nine skeletons were found, and DNA testing confirmed they included Nicholas, Alexandra, and three of their daughters. Two bodies remain missing. The consensus is that they are those of Alexei and one of his sisters, possibly Anastasia.

On July 17, 1998, eighty years after the assassination, the imperial family and those who died with them were buried in the St. Catherine Chapel of St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Russian president Boris Yeltsin and members of the Romanov family attended the funeral, but senior members of the Russian Orthodox Church refused to attend due to lingering doubts over the identity of the remains.

As tsar, and even after he abdicated, Nicholas II was the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. After the assassination, he and his family were revered by many as martyrs and numerous miracles were attributed to them. The family was canonized as royal martyrs by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad in 1981. In 2000, the Archbishops' Council of the Russian Orthodox Church voted unanimously to canonize Nicholas, Alexandra, and all of their children as passion bearers, a minor form of sainthood that recognizes the Christian humility and patience with which they endured their captivity."

I may or may not use this information I just htought that it was interesting presant day information.

Citation #4

MLA Citation
Bibliographic Reference "Anastasia." Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia. 03 Nov. 2005 .
Parenthetical Within Text (Anastasia)

"Anastasia is a 1956 film which tells the true story of a young, confused woman in France after the Russian Revolution who, backed by the Russian emigre community, attempts to pass herself off as Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, the daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. It stars Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes and Akim Tamiroff. The film was supposedly based on the true story of a former inmate in a German asylum who became known as 'Anna Anderson'. However, the Russian monarchist movement never backed Ms. Anderson - nor did she ever meet with the Dowager Empress Maria (played superbly by Hayes.) The film ends with Anna/Anastasia choosing real life over the identity of the Grand Duchess. There is some ambiguity in the final exchange between the Dowager Empress and her jilted nephew, Prince Paul, but not much. A central part of the film seems to be that the Dowager Empress is convinced that the young woman is her grand-daughter, and she is not a character who is easily fooled."

This gives me the knowledge of that there is another movie based on what happened or didnt happen to the Grand Duchas Anastasia.

Citation #3

MLA Citation
Bibliographic Reference "The Last Imperial Ruler of Russia." Czar Nicholas 2 of Russia. 03 Nov. 2005 .
Parenthetical Within Text (The Last Imperial Ruler of Russia)

Essentially, the tragedy of Nicholas II was that he appeared in the wrong place in history. Equipped by education to rule in the nineteenth century, where the world seemed orderly, and equipped by temperament to be a constitutional monarch, where a sovereign needed only be a good man in order to be a good king. He lived and reigned in a transforming Russia of the early twentieth century.

The reign of Nicholas II (1894-1917) marked the final struggle of the Romanov autocracy to keep itself in power, despite the mounting pressures for reform. The basic dilemma of his regime stemmed from the fact that it's two goals where incompatible: the creation of a modern industrial society while retaining the absolute rule of the autocracy.

July 17, 1918. Czar Nicholas II, his wife Empress Alexandra, their five children, their doctor and three attendants are herded into the cellar of a house in Yekaterinburg. Nicholas had been forced to abdicate a year earlier as civil war gripped the country. He and his family were forced into exile the Ural Mountains city. The Czar and his family were lined up against a wall, for a family portrait, their Bolshevik captors said. Instead, a firing squad burst into the room and opened fire. Jewels sewn into the dresses of the women deflected some of the bullets. The firing squad used bayonets to finish them off.

The bodies were dumped into a mine shaft. They were later retrieved as word of the killings spread. The death squad tried burning two of the bodies - but it took too long. They doused the rest of the bodies with sulfuric acid and buried them in a shallow grave in a forest outside the city.

This helps me very much because it explains alot about what actulyhappened tothe Romanov family. Now i just need to figure out why their Bolshevik captors killed them and also why they captored them as well.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Citation #1

Citation #1

MLA Citation
Bibliographic Reference Kuo, Jane. "Anastasia." The Romanovs: A Royal Family. 02 Nov. 2005 .
Parenthetical Within Text

"Anastasia, born on June 5, 1901, was the youngest daughter of Nicholas and Alexandra. She had brown hair and blue eyes and was the jokester of the family who liked to play pranks on people and was the enfant terrible of the family.

Anastasia and her older sister, Maria, were known in the household as the "Little Pair", being the younger sisters. As well as their older sisters, they shared a bedroom and Anastasia dominated her older sister with her energy and enthusiam.

She was very short and thin but during the family's captivity, she became plumper and her mental development had slowed down. Even though she was living through a horrible time, she still managed to entertain her family during a performance. Anastasia took the male lead and she was supposed to turn her back and open her dressing gown. The tail of the gown went up to her back, showing her wearing her father's underwear.

Most people believe that Anastasia died with her family on July 16/17, 1918 but there have been claims that she had survived. The most famous was Anna Anderson, who claimed to be Anastasia. It was later proved that Anna wasn't the Grand Duchess. Anastasia would have been 17 years old when she died."

I think that this will help me because all of this stuff is very direct and stright forward information about Anastasia.

©Copyright 2000 Jane Kuo.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Primary Source

For my primary resource I will be wathcing the movie Anastasia. I am doing this because for my project I am comparing and contrasting and stating my opinion about the movie and how it relates to what actuly happened. Well I better go wathch my movie.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Well I have decided to change my reserch project into somthing I am truly interested in. I am going to reserch the russian empire. I watched the movie Anastasia and it is about this girl who got separated from her family by this evil man who wanted to destroy the Romanoff family. The romanoffs were the people who were incharge of the Russia or the Soviet Union or whatever the country was called. The movie has bits that I am sure are not real and were just added for the kids. There are also parts in the movie that were probably true aswell. I think that this topic will be crunk . Ok

Thursday, October 20, 2005

reserch project

For my reserch project I am reserching cancer. I am not quite sure what type of cancer, but I wlll most definetly need to narrow the subject. My grandmother has had both lung cancer and brest cancer. The lung cancer was because of her being a hip young 70's mom and somking all of the time. The brest cancer runs in the family. My like great great great grandmother probably had brest cancer so that is about how far back it goes. I will probably do either lung or brest cancer because I can relate to them.