Classic Encounters (Box Set) (1958)
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Box set containing five classic drama movies from the 1950s.
'Anastasia' (1956) is Anatole Litvak's screen adaptation of the popular play written by Marcelle Maurette. Ingrid Bergman stars as an amnesiac in Paris during the early 1920s who is picked up by an exiled White Russian General (Yul Brynner) and encouraged to pose as the long-lost daughter, Anastasia, of the murdered Czar Nicholas of Russia. If she successfully passes as Anastasia, the General and his co-horts stand to gain the £10 million that has been held in trust at the Bank of England. However, they have to convince the only surviving member of the Romanov family, the Grand Duchess (Helen Hayes) before they can get their hands on the money.
'Love is a Many-Splendored Thing' (1955) is set in Hong Kong during the Korean War. A Eurasian female doctor (Jennifer Jones) and an American journalist (William Holden) fall in love. However, their love does not run a smooth course as he is already married and her family and friends do not approve.
In 'Three Coins in a Fountain' (1954), three American women in Rome fall for the myth that if you throw a coin into the Fountain of Trevi your wishes will be granted. Naturally, they all wish to be swept off their feet by Italian men, and the film chronicles their rocky road to romance.
'The Inn of the Sixth Happiness' (1958) is the true story of an English missionary (Bergman) who led a hundred children over enemy territory in pre-WWII China. Robert Donat plays a Chinese mandarin in his final screen performance and North Wales stands in for the Chinese countryside.
Finally, 'An Affair To Remember' (1957) stars Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr as a playboy and a nightclub singer who embark on a shipboard romance and eventually fall completely in love with each other. They decide to make a pact that when they arrive to their separate homes, they will end their respective relationships, and rendezvous in six months' time at the top of the Empire State Building. The course of true love, however, never does run smoothly.
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