"She is perhaps Hitler's best known victim, but what was Anne Frank really like'"
- ad line for film
Academy Awards 1995 -
Best Documentary Feature
Premiere - 12/01/1996
"...A moving testament to courage and decency..." - Recommended
Entertainment Weekly - 03/29/1996
"...Heartbreakingly real..." -- Rating: A
Variety - 09/25/1995
"...[A] riveting, often haunting documentary....A superbly researched, stirring film that is as much about the past as about the present..."
New York Times - 02/23/1996
"...The film's accumulated force is a testament to the power of understatement..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/23/1996
"...At once beautiful and profoundly tragic....ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED is an elegantly structured work, with striking imagery and a stately pace, that boasts one of Carl Davis' most eloquent scores..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/22/1996
"...ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED assembles rare documentary footage involving the Frank family....It also has moving interviews..."
Kenneth Branagh narrates this acclaimed documentary on the life of concentration camp victim Anne Frank. Using archival photos, family letters and interviews with survivors, a vivid portrayal of both the girl and what she came to symbolize is presented. Passages from her diaries are read by Glenn Close. Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature.
Anne Frank was a Jewish teenager who, along with her family, friends and others, hid in an attic for two years to avoid Nazi persecution. Her famous diary of that period provided a unique, personal view of the Holocaust. This documentary examines her short, tragic life, using interviews, archival photographs, family correspondence, and rare footage. The events covered range from her parents' marriage in 1925 to her father's death in 1980. The wide variety of materials provide insight into Anne's personality and reveal that, despite her circumstances, she still experienced all the normal growing pains of a teenage girl. In 1944, the Nazis discovered Anne Frank and her group. She died in a concentration camp in 1944 -- only a few days before Allied troops marched in to liberate the camps.
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Shown at the 1995 Toronto Film Festival.
Released theatrically in New York City February 23, 1996.
A Jon Blair Film Company Production in association with the BBC and the Disney Channel and in co-operation with the Anne Frank House Amsterdam.
Interviews include: Miep Gies, Hanneli Goslar, Peter Pfeffer, Laureen Nussbaum, Jacqueline van Maarsen, Rachel van Amerongen-Frankfoorder, Sal de Liema, Rose de Liema, and Bloeme Evers-Emden
Also included are film clips of Anne and Otto Frank. Jon Blair also uses information from his late 1970's interviews with Otto Frank himself.
The filmmakers received cooperation from the Anne Frank Museum to make the movie. The museum gave Jon Blair access to rare Frank family photos, never-before-seen letters, and a 10-second film clip that is the only known movie footage of Anne Frank. This brief image was captured by a wedding photographer in 1941, when Anne was looking out her window.
All rights in "The Diary of Anne Frank," photographs of Anne Frank and her family, and depictions of her handwriting are licensed from the Anne Frank-Fonds.
Steven Spielberg provided funding to complete the film.