Diary of Anne Frank, The (DVD Review)21 Oct, 2009 By: Angelique Flores
Well Go USA
Movie Edition $19.98 DVD, BBC Mini Series Edition DVD $24.98
Stars Ellie Kendrick, Iain Glen.
The touching and tragic story of Anne Frank will never become trite, especially not if it’s well done. And this version certainly is well done.
The Diary of Anne Frank was a five-episode BBC miniseries that aired in January 2009. On DVD, it is available in either its full 150-minute format or as a 100-minute movie version.
Newcomer Ellie Kendrick deftly plays the starring role as Anne. She effortlessly brings to life the smart, precocious and ambitious teenager, who speaks her mind whether appropriate or not.
The film begins just when the Frank family goes into hiding and ends when they are captured.
Anne spends much of her time writing in her diary about her thoughts and dreams, and detailing how her family, the Van Daan family and Mr. Dussel lived together in hiding in the attic above her father’s office building during World War II.
Anne narrates the drama, giving her character depth and an understanding of what it was like to live under the threat of the Nazis, what it was like to come of age while not being able to go outside and breathe fresh air, and what it was like to lash out like any other teenager, but under the scrutiny of more than just her family.
The other characters are fleshed out pretty well, further bringing the story to life.
Historical dramas could always benefit from featurettes that explore the true historical accounts. This one is no different.