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Masterpiece Theatre: The Diary of Anne Frank (2009)

Iain Glen , Ellie Kendrick , Jon James  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Iain Glen, Ellie Kendrick, Tamsin Greig
  • Directors: Jon James
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002I2PHLA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,867 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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"People will watch and applaud this new movie in droves" --Daily Express

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The new Diary of Anne Frank production aired on PBS Masterpiece Theater on April 11, 2010 and is the first true and authentic account of life in hiding under Nazi terror during World War II from the unique perspective of a teenage Jewish girl.<P>The Diary of Anne Frank is a modern, timeless classic of literature and a extraordinary social document that has endured the world over. The story is both an important piece of recent history and universal family tale that is understood worldwide. Full of tension but at times funny and ultimately tragic, Anne Frank's diary manages to create a truthful and timeless picture of domestic life in all its pettiness and normality while never letting us forget the extraordinary threat of death that await the characters if discovered.<P>The BBC worked directly with the Anne Frank-Fonds estate to ensure complete authenticity for the film. Dramatizations of her diary are far and few between as the Anne Frank Fonds (estate) tends not to grant the rights to adapt her memoirs, so this drama series is a very rare event. The detailed reconstructions of the house, together with the strong award winning performances from the cast, combine to create a landmark piece of drama.

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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This latest adaptation of "The Diary of Anne Frank" is by the BBC (released in 2008, total running time is 150 mins). The screenplay is by Deborah Moggach, and is directed by Jon Jones. This adaptation is the most faithful to Anne's "Diary of a Young Girl", reflecting the maturing of a young girl under harrowing circumstances, and exploring all her feelings and emotions in a credible manner.

The film stars Ellie Kendrick as Anna Frank, a feisty 13-year-old Jewish girl who finds her world turned upside down when the Nazis invade Holland in 1942. When her older sister, 16-year-old Margot (Felicity Jones) receives a summons from the Nazis to report for deportation, the Frank family, including father Otto (Iain Glen) and mother Edith (Tamsin Grieg) go into hiding in a Secret Annex above Otto's office. They are helped by a group of loyal Gentile friends, namely Miep Gies (Kate Ashfield), Mr Kleiman (Roger Frost), Mr Kugler (Tim Dantay), and Bep Voskuijl (Mariah Gale). The Franks are later joined by the Van Daans, comprising father Hermann (Ron Cook), mother Petronella (Lesley Sharp), and son Peter (Geoff Breton), and soon after by dentist Albert Dussell (Nicholas Farrell).

Living under such constraints puts a lot of stress on the occupants of the Secret Annex, and the story unfolds through Anne's observations (told partly through voiceovers) as the real Anne Frank had made these observations about her life in hiding in her beloved diary.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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This 2008 British 5-part miniseries of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK succeeds on so many levels. There is a primal reason why we need to hear this story time after time, and yet hope that we can somehow change the ending...

Anne Frank's wartime diary gave a poignant face to the Holocaust, an event unparalled in the annals of human cruelty. Deborah Moggach (the writer of the Keira Knightley version of PRIDE & PREJUDICE) casts a fresh eye over the original material, stripping away any possible shred of melodrama to reveal even more raw human emotion than seen in other versions of the story.

And newcomer Ellie Kendrick is nothing short of a revelation as Anne. Looking eerily like the real Anne at times, Kendrick brings her vividly to life with all the angst, fear, rage and humour that the role requires. The rest of the cast follows suit. I was especially surprised by how good Iain Glen and Tamsin Greig were as Anne's parents. There's a heartbreaking scene between Anne and her father--missing from other versions of the story--which had me absolutely floored.

It seems that each version of the story brings us closer and closer to the essence of the real Anne. This latest version is refreshing and raw in it's depiction of one of the most fascinating chapters in modern history.

Bonus features will likely include "Rutka: A Diary of the Holocaust" which introduces audiences to Rutka Laskier, a fourteen-year-old Holocaust victim whose own diary--written in the Polish ghetto of Bédzin--was only discovered and published in 2006. This 50-minute doco was part of the UK and Australian DVD releases.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An insightful view of Anne Frank's Diary December 16, 2010
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My order of this movie arrived just as my class of 14 year olds were winding up their study of Anne Frank's diary. The timing of its delivery was perfect. I found the BBC's production, set in the family's actual hiding place in Amsterdam, was both accurate and insightful. Students delighted as they recognised dialogue from the diary and I feel the characters of all who hid in the Secret Annex with Anne were both well-rounded and believeable. The film's portrayal of Anne feelings of her journey through adolescence - the discovery of her changing body and her relationship with Peter - managed to shock and intrigue at times. The identity with the students' own adolescent journeys was strong. This identity turned to a unanimous indignation and feelings of injustice about the plight of Anne, her family and others who hid with them for 2 years. The film's realistic depiction of their unexpected betrayal and capature, engendered a curiosity among class members to find out more about the historical circumstances that allowed such hatred to fester.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bold new version of the historic Diary May 14, 2009
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This 2008 British 5-part miniseries of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK succeeds on so many levels. There is a primal reason why we need to hear this story time after time, and yet hope that we can somehow change the ending...

Anne Frank's wartime diary gave a poignant face to the Holocaust, an event unparalled in the annals of human cruelty. Deborah Moggach (the writer of the Keira Knightley version of PRIDE & PREJUDICE) casts a fresh eye over the original material, stripping away any possible shred of melodrama to reveal even more raw human emotion than seen in other versions of the story.

And newcomer Ellie Kendrick is nothing short of a revelation as Anne. Looking eerily like the real Anne at times, Kendrick brings her vividly to life with all the angst, fear, rage and humour that the role requires. The rest of the cast follows suit. I was especially surprised by how good Iain Glen and Tamsin Greig were as Anne's parents. There's a heartbreaking scene between Anne and her father--missing from other versions of the story--which had me absolutely floored.

It seems that each version of the story brings us closer and closer to the essence of the real Anne. This latest version is refreshing and raw in it's depiction of one of the most fascinating chapters in modern history.

Bonus features include "Rutka: A Diary of the Holocaust" which introduces audiences to Rutka Laskier, a fourteen-year-old Holocaust victim whose own diary--written in the Polish ghetto of Bédzin--was only discovered and published in 2006.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Anne's "Memory Book" on Film
Many people encounter "The Diary of a Young Girl" in a school classroom. However, I went through my educational years without being assigned to read the Diary, and my first... Read more
Published 2 months ago by RestonReader
1.0 out of 5 stars So-so and buyer beware!!
I mistakenly purchased this in Blue-ray, which won't work in the dvd players available at my school, however I am now stuck with the movie because Amazon said it wasn't there fault... Read more
Published 3 months ago by kebells
1.0 out of 5 stars I liked the characters, but there was no set up for sub titles for the...
The dvd story was very good, however, I have a hearing problem, and there was no provision for subtitles for the hearing impaired. Therefore, I missed alot of the movie.
Published 3 months ago by valee
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Frank
You owe it to yourself, your family and friends to experience this DVD recording. If you don't, you will miss an experience of which you should have taken advantage. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DONALD FREDERICK CURIE
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I really enjoyed this. I had only seen the Millie Perkins version before this. It does a good job of portraying the reality. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robbie R
4.0 out of 5 stars message of courage
Everything I ordered I have watched it already; This is an attempt to pass on my love of good literature to the next generation; No young girl:s education is complete without... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Geetha Sarathy
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD WAY TO FIND OUT WHAT THE FAMOUS BOOK IS ABOUT WITHOUT READING...
I never had the urge to read the book, although I often wondered what it was about. i thought it was of Frank alone and starving and writing a book of it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jonsam Friedman
5.0 out of 5 stars great depiction of classic story
Anne Frank has such a personality, her story comes alive and so do the stories of the other people in the secret annex. The ending is done very well. Read more
Published 8 months ago by talya
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this, touching, moving insparational.
Brilliant story well acted well written. Iain Glen was brilliant as Otto Frank, if you don't know the story this is a great movie to see.
Published 8 months ago by Bernice Battams
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie ever.
The diary of Anne Frank is the best movie.I love it because it shows the relashionship between anne and peter
Published 9 months ago by jillian
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