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The Diary Of Anne Frank [DVD]
The Diary Of Anne Frank [DVD]
Dvd ~ Millie Perkins
Price: £3.88

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the most accurate Anne Frank adaptation but still a good Hollywood movie, 10 July 2008
I can imagine that for many people this is the one film they have watched about Anne Frank and her diary, but although this film is very popular there are many flaws with it and it is not that faithful to Anne's life.
For me Millie Perkins is almost nothing like Anne. Fair enough she does capture Anne's sillyness and sense of fun in parts of the film but for the rest she just appears to act like a 1950s American teenager rather than the German/Dutch girl brought up in the 30s and 40s which Anne Frank was. Anne's relationship with Peter I think was over exaggerated. In the film it shows them together to the end, Anne and Peter kissing in the annex attic waiting for the Gestapo to take them away. However, in reality this romantic relationship had broken down a few months before and although they still liked each other, Anne didn't have those feelings for Peter anymore.
As this film was based on the play (which was based on the diary) it gives a very unflattering portrayal of Fritz Pfeffer (called Albert Dussel in the film and play). In the film Dussel comes across as a comic interlude, a character with no real backbone (possibly with the exception of when he is telling those in hiding about the deportations). I can imagine that he was much more dignified and intellegent in real life.
The way this film portrays the arrest of those in hiding also deviates greatly from what actually happened. However, I can imagine these changes were brought in for dramatic affect (The Frank family never knew they were going to be arrested on 4th August 1944, nor did they hear a telephone ring!).
Despite all its flaws, "The Diary of Anne Frank" is good in the way it uses location shooting. It has outdoor shots of the actual building where the family hid as well as the sound of the Westerkerk bells nearby.

Overall "The Diary of Anne Frank" is a good Hollywood film, but if you are wanting to find out about Anne Frank's life, I'd suggest you'd look up the film Anne Frank: The Whole Story before renting this film.

Anne Frank (2001) [DVD]
Anne Frank (2001) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Kingsley
Price: £3.96

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best adaptations of the life of Anne Frank, 10 July 2008
This review is from: Anne Frank (2001) [DVD] (DVD)
There have been quite a few film and television adaptations of Anne Frank's life and diary over the last 50 years, but none have come to be as realistic and as faithful to Anne's life as this made for TV drama made in 2001.
One of the good things about 'Anne Frank: The Whole Story' is that it is not just based on Anne's diary or the stage play created in the 1950s which many previous adaptations have been. As it has been based around a well researched biography by Mellisa Muller, it had the ability to explore other aspects of Anne Frank's short life rather than just focusing on the period documented by the world famous diary.
The film begins in 1939 when Anne Frank is only 10 years old. We then view her life from her carefree days before the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in May 1940 through to her untimely death in Bergen Belsen concentration camp in March 1945.
The concentration camp scenes towards the end of the film are extreamly emotional, but I feel it important to show these as it gives you a fuller picture of the horrors Anne and her family went through after they were arrested in the hiding place.
Although this film is the best adaptation I have seen so far, it does have it flaws in that it shows on camera who betrayed the families in hiding (Muller speculated it was the cleaner in the office) whereas in reality, we do not know if this is true.
Overall 'Anne Frank: The Whole Story' is a great film and an excellent introduction to Anne Frank and her diary.

Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup (PS2)
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup (PS2)
Offered by media-4-u
Price: £11.99

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant!!!, 4 Jan. 2004
When I first got this game on Christmas Day, I was hooked! This was the first game I got for my PS2, and the graphics, controls and vibration were amazing, much better than that of the playstation 1 games! I started off as Slytherin, to compete for the Hogwarts Quiddich Cup. In this game, you can compete as Griffindor (with Harry Potter as the seeker), Ravenclaw (with Cho Chang as the seeker), Hufflepuff (with Cedric Diggory as the seeker), and Slytherin (with Draco Malfoy as the seeker). When you have won the Hogwarts Cup with your chosen house team, then you get tickets to go and compete in the Quiddich World Cup, with your Hogwarts house team in the audience!
Believe me, this is much better than any other Harry Potter game!

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