Masterpiece Classic (2008)





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One of the most powerful, personal accounts of World War II ever recorded, The Diary of Anne Frank is adapted for the BBC by director Jon Jones and screenwriter Deborah Moggach. A German-born girl of Jewish descent whose family relocated to Amsterdam in 1933, Frank and her family hid out in her father's office during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, surviving for two years under cramped, crowded living conditions and relying on the kindness of others for basic living needs. During that time, the young girl eloquently documented her harrowing experiences in a diary purchased for her by her father, Otto. When the war was over, Otto was the sole surviving member of the Frank family. Returning to the space where they spent two of their darkest years, he discovered his daughter Anne's diary and decided to share it with the world.
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Ellie Kendrick
as Anne Frank
Felicity Jones
as Margot Frank
Iain Glen
as Otto Frank
Tamsin Greig
as Edith Frank
Geoff Breton
as Peter Van Daan
Ron Cook
as Hermann Van Daan
Lesley Sharp
as Petronella Van Daan
Kate Ashfield
as Miep Gies
Nicholas Farrell
as Albert Dussel
Tim Dantay
as Mr. Kugler
Roger Frost
as Mr. Kleiman
Robert Morgan
as SS Silberbauer
Mariah Gale
as Bep Voskull
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Critic Reviews for Masterpiece Classic

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BBC's 5-part series shows a feisty, moody, realistic Anne.

Full Review… | December 31, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Masterpiece Classic

Anne Frank played by Ellie Kendrick writes in her diary she received on her 13th birthday. Under the conditions of living in a secret annex with 8 other people, hiding from the nazis, she writes in her diary. The diary has been made into many movies and this is my favorite.

Cereal Bowls
Cereal Bowls

This BBC telling of "The Diary of Anne Frank" is absolutely chilling. Although it originally appeared as a mini-series, it contains the emotional drama of any great Hollywood film. Anne Frank (played by Ellie Kendrick) is not glamourized; instead, she is raw, moody, and believable. The realism of this character makes the entire story that much sadder as we slowly accept the truth of this story. The plight of the Franks shows how quickly the Jews went from affluent citizens to impoverished victims during the second World War. The film also makes a strong statement about materialism and the truly important things in life. This rendition feels very historic due to the quality of acting provided by the entire cast. From the desparation in the characters' faces during a burglary to the inevitably heartbreaking ending, "The Diary of Anne Frank" is a piece of history that every person worldwide needs to see.

Jonny Priano
Jonny Priano

Having just read the book, i found it a little slow. However with that being said this is one time where the book is always better doesnt apply. I enjoyed the movie better and got involved in the story more! Good cast expecially the performance from the actress who portrayed Anne! Mustve been hell for a young girl and well the rest of the 8 tenants of the Secret Annexxe to have no privacy for all that time, living in constant fear that they would be discovered by Hitler's Stormtroopers.

Lee Kyle
Lee Kyle

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