ANNE FRANK: THE WHOLE STORY
Reviewed September 29th, 2001 by John Randall
When I learned that Disney was going do a version of this powerful tale, I was a bit skeptical if they would actually show everything the story really needs. When the film finally appeard on ABC, I was litterally blown away (not to mention ABC airing nudity). Most films and plays only center on what happens in Anne’s book “The Diary of Anne Frank” rather than tell the story of what heppend before and after the Frank family went into hiding.
If by some chance you have yet to read the novel “The Diary of Anne Frank”, I would highly recommend reading it first before watching any film adaptation. You can check out the book by clicking here.
With that said, this truly is one remarkable story and very good version on film.
The basic story is about the Jewish Frank family (Otto the father, Edith the mother, daugher Margot and of course daughter Anne) who goes into hiding to escape the Nazi’s during WWII. Along with them other people go into hiding with them.
What we see in this film that we don’t normally see is what takes before the Franks go into hiding. Things like Anne’s first boyfriend, Anne’s school and friends. And most importantly we see what becomes of everyone after they are found in hiding. We see concentration camps and how starvation and disease did to many Jews.
The movie stars Ben Kingsley as Otto Frank and Hannah Taylor Gordon as Anne. Both do an incredible acting job! I cannot stress that enough.
Even though the film did not touch base on Anne’s most memorable quote - “In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart”, I think that more people need to remember that now days.
This really is a sad tale about differences, dreams, and tolerance – everyone should take some time and watch this DVD or at the very least, re-read the Diary.
The DVD, presented commercial-free, runs about 190 minutes and is worth watching every minute. Thanks really go out to Disney for releasing this film on DVD.
The video is presented in full-frame just as it was shown on TV. No real problems at all.
The audio is presented in 2.0 stereo and actually does fairly well.
No real extras to speak of on this one – just a trailer for Disney’s South Pacific remake.
This film may not be for all younger viewers, but it really is highly recommended. People need to remember what happened – in the hope that one day the World can really unite as one.
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