95 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth of life in hiding during the war is revealed....
If you are looking for a film which details the horrors and suffering endured during the Holocaust this is one to watch. The film is based upon the Biography of Anne Frank, an Austrian Born jew who is forced to go into hiding with her mother, father, sister, and 4 other people. The film details what life was like before the war for the Jewish family living in Holland,...
Published on 13 Sep 2005 by Cookie
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
I had this copy not as good as originally thought have watched the original in the past and did prefer that one
Published 5 months ago by kathleen harrison
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95 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth of life in hiding during the war is revealed....,
This review is from: Anne Frank (2001) [DVD] (DVD)If you are looking for a film which details the horrors and suffering endured during the Holocaust this is one to watch. The film is based upon the Biography of Anne Frank, an Austrian Born jew who is forced to go into hiding with her mother, father, sister, and 4 other people. The film details what life was like before the war for the Jewish family living in Holland, what happened during the occupation and why they were forced into hiding. Unlike other Anne Frank films, this one tells the story from several different angles, including the viewpoint of those who helped the Franks whilst in hiding. The film details who betrayed the family and what happens next after capture, all of which is based upon true evidence.
The film, which is classified as a Cert12 is ideal for those who are studying the Holocaust for History at both KS2 and KS3 as the cert12 rating is not really warranted. Our 7 year old daughter watched the film and was not distraught at what she saw, only saddened that the oppression was allowed to happen. Although the film is very long (over 3 hours) it is split into 2 sections, which make good discussion points for lessons. The film also contains actual news-reel footage from the time of the oppression of the Jews during the war, which ties in nicely with the context of the film and shows the real horrors.
This is one factual story not to be missed. It is moving and thought provoking and provides a very real insight into what life must have been like for those millions of Jews who suffered under the reign of Hitler.
Although this is similar in context to Schindlers List the film is more realistic and thought provoking as it told from the eyes of a 13 year old. A young adult who has only been caught up in the Holocaust because of her religion, when Anne wrote the diary she was an innocent child, and when the diary was publiushed she was a further statistic, just one of the millions who died under Hitlers regime. This is one story of the many who were forced into hiding, but probably the most famous one. Let the memory of Anne Frank live on and do not pass this film by!
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eternal Youth,
This review is from: Anne Frank (2001) [DVD] (DVD)Based on Melissa Mullers book on the life of Anne Frank, this film tells the schoolgirls life story, dating from just before the war, to her tragic death in Bergen Belsen concentration camp, only two weeks before the camp was liberated. It is the story of an outwardly ordinary schoolgirl, whose aspirations of womanhood cruelly denied her by the brutal effects of the
dying Nazi regime.
This splendid film shows how the girl used her writing as a means of self expression, and as a fom of escapism, only to be captured by the Nazi's, and spend her last days in a desperate struggle for salvation. The setting of the family attic is broken by the brutal scenes at the concentration camps, culminating in Otto Franks return to Amsterdam after the war, to discover the truth about his two daughters, and to discover Anne's diary.
Ben Kingsley gives a dignified portrayal of Otto Frank, the man who strives throughout to keep his family together. It is this message of family values which shines through the film to the end. Moving, and near the end, harrowing drama. Anne Frank was one of millions of similar victims, but through her writing she is destined to remain forever young.
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Frank DVD,
This review is from: Anne Frank (2001) [DVD] (DVD)I first saw this film a couple of years ago on channel 4, at the time I was doing a project for a piece of English coursework on Anne Frank and so I decided to watch it. I'm so glad I did! I really enjoyed this film, it really brought the book to life for me. I thought it was well written and the acting was excellent. The film starts off before the Frank family went into hiding, and so you get an idea of how life was for Anne and how it changed after the Nazi occupation, and how they were forced into hiding. Most of the film is about being in hiding, and the fear of being discovered, living in such close quarters with another family, etc. The last section of the film is about the concentration camps and finally ends with Otto Frank coming home to discover that his wife and daughter's are dead. I think this film is really good and anyone interested in Anne Frank should see it.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Faultless performances.....,
This review is from: Anne Frank (2001) [DVD] (DVD)Having read the Diary of Anne Frank when I was younger and again recently I greatly looked forward to this DVD and am glad to say overall this is a touching and beautifully acted film, and far superior to the 1959 film adaptation.
The reason this did not get 5 stars from me is because I think the makers should have stuck to not pinpointing the person(s) who eventually revealed the Frank family in the secret annexe, they preferred to opt for the purely speculative version as proposed in the biography by Melissa Muller. This and other discrepancies led to the film not being endorsed by the Frank family and the Anne Frank Foundation and the use of the original diary being prohibited, so sadly you do not get a feel for Anne Frank's own words.
One minor grumble is that in an otherwise beautifully shot production, occasionally some scenes look a bit budget prone such as the beach scene near the beginning which surely could have been filmed on a real beach with a real sky rather than a studio!!!!!
I would still highly recommend this film as it does give a strong sense of the period and not only from a teenagers perspective. The concentration camp scenes are not overly graphic (hence the 12 certificate) so teenagers will also be able to appreciate the relevence and tragedy of the holocaust. Again, strong performances throughout, Hannah Taylor-Gordan as Anne rightfully deserved Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. But if you do decide to buy this, make sure you purchase the original diary as well for a complete perspective of Anne and her writing.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best adaptations of the life of Anne Frank,
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.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see,
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This review is from: Anne Frank (2001) [DVD] (DVD)I have just finished watching this with my 14 year old son, we were both left in tears at the end. It is a wonderful piece of cinema which truely depicts the emotional turmoil and injustices that the family and their 'friends' went through. It felt very real, Anne was brilliantly portrayed as a young spirited girl desperate to be treated as an adult and sometimes wise beyond her years, and the fact that the film is long enough to make you feel that you got to know her lent even more weight to the traumatic scenes towards the end.As with another reviewer i wouldn't baulk from allowing my 9 year to watch this, it is traumatic only because you are horrified at what mankind can do to one another.Enjoyable but also harrowing and a must see for anyone.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning,
This review is from: Anne Frank (2001) [DVD] (DVD)This is probably the best adaptation there is of the Anne Frank story. I say that, there is a new one on BBC coming out so I shall wait for that but until then I'd recommend this one.
Most of the other reviewers have already said what has to be said about this DVD so I shall just add that I think that it is a shame that this film does not have extracts of the diary narrated. It's a small point but important. But since I have rated this 5 stars anyway it is still really powerful and I'll say that even the most manly of men (me being one of them) will be moved by this stunning film. If they are not then I wouldn't boast about it.
This DVD does have some historical inaccuracies, blah blah, but those are so small that all you have to do is remember that we still do not know who betrayed Anne Frank and look on wikipedia for the rest. It really does not spoil the film.
I know this has already been mentioned (if it hasn't then I'll be the first to say it), Hannah Taylor-Gordon's acting really makes all the difference. I'm surprised we have not seen more of her. Fingers crossed we will though
And another note, this DVD is nicely cheap (at least it is at the time of writing this)so even if you are still undecided then take this opportunity and get it. You will not regret it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, compelling viewing,
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This review is from: Anne Frank [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)This TV miniseries / film attempts to cover more of the story of AnneFrank than may have previously been shown, beginning with her life inAmsterdam before World War II and before she went into hiding. It showsAnne at school, at home, with family and friends... Then the changingclimate of society and the family going into hiding in "The SecretAnnexe". Having seen their life before hiding, you can better appreciatehow restrictive life was for them in their hiding place. You see thechanging relationships between the characters, and how they coped withtheir changed circumstances. The film then goes on to show Anne and herfamily's life after they were discovered and after the end of the war. Itgives one explanation for who may have betrayed the Franks and theirfriends - the evidence may not be fully in support of this, but itnonetheless makes for compelling viewing. It is all the moreheart-breaking because Anne's story is so well-known and you are awarefrom the beginning what the eventual outcome will be. There are wonderfulperformances from all the cast, but particularly Ben Kingsley as OttoFrank and Hannah Taylor-Gordon as Anne Frank. Beware - you may find thatonce you start watching you have to see the story through until the end,some 4 hours later.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let us never forget ...,
This review is from: Anne Frank (2001) [DVD] (DVD)This film has more of a TV drama feel to it, rather than that of a big budget production; however it is very effective in portraying the impact of the ideological evil of the nazis upon an ordinary family in Amsterdam during WW2.
With neo-nazi sycophants on the rise again in Germany (particularly in the old East Germany where there was even a recent news story of an Anne Frank book being publicly burned), this film should be compulsory viewing in schools.
Anne Frank's short life, and that of her family and friends, were devastated by the twisted actions of Nazi Germany. When Anne has to leave her beloved cat behind to go into hiding, she uses three words, in tears, that just about sum up the devastation that the Nazis wrought on ordinary families: "It isn't fair".
But this is also a tale of human endurance. The nazis were brutal evil thugs and everyone who suffered as a consequence of their depravity should be remembered. Let us not forget.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure if this is toned down for a younger audience.,
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This review is from: Anne Frank (2001) [DVD] (DVD)I hadn't read Anne Frank's diary, nor any of the books about it, but knew the history before watching this DVD (including having an excellent guide take me through Auschwitz-Birkenau last year). As a result, I cannot compare the DVD with the diary itself, but look at it from the viewpoints of its importance and simply as a film (although one in two parts).
Although it told what happened, and some of the acting was very good (particularly Ben Kingsley as Otto Frank), this DVD felt like it had been sanitised for a younger audience, missing the atmosphere, tension, fear and sheer brutality that it could have conveyed. Not having read the diary, I don't know if this is because the DVD reflects how the diary of a girl/young woman was written, or whether it is purely a case of how the production company decided to present it for a particular target audience.
Assuming that this was produced with a young audience in mind, it's perfectly adequate, and certainly something to base discussion around, whether as part of a school curriculum or as part of discussion at home. For an older audience who already know much about the horrors committed during WW2, the diary of Anne Frank is definitely something that should be read or viewed, but I think I would recommend reading it rather than watching this DVD (unless you want to do both).
It is far from impossible that history could repeat itself, but I would like to think that it is less likely if people know what has happened before. Unfortunately, even that is no guarantee. However, it is still important that people know. To that end, for an older audience, I'd recommend some (subtitled) Polish-language films about WW2, including Katyn. For secondary school age and above, the series "The World at War" available on DVD is excellent viewing. For early secondary school age (say 11-13), this DVD of Anne Frank might be useful, but for ages above that I'd suggest reading the diary or one of the books about the diary. For things that have happened since WW2 that demonstrate just how easily such things can happen again, I'd recommend some of John Pilger's DVDs.
DVD of Anne Frank recommended for early secondary-school age range.
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