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1.0 out of 5 stars What a dismal production., 6 Jan 2010
This review is from: The Diary of Anne Frank - Complete BBC Series [DVD] (DVD)
I don't know what everyone sees in this awful adaptation. The tone of Anne's reflections on life in hiding and her interactions with the others in the attic is one of constant sarcasm and derision. She comes across as a spoiled brat, unkind and ungenerous - in the book she recognises the great sacrifice others are making to protect the family, and has a real warmth of character that just doesn't come across in this film. Her wit and cynicism in the book are balanced with a sense of joy and good humour, and her ambition and optimism in spite of Germany's decline is surely what's made her an enduring heroine of the holocaust.

Predominantly, Anne comes across as petulant, selfish and rude. She calls people "idiots" too often - a well brought up child would never have been permitted to speak that way. Her father meekly acquiesces to her every demand, and her expressionless mother is bland, blubbering and useless. I refuse to believe that two people, one devout and one scholarly, who so fiercely and proactively protected their family's welfare in a time of dire need would have been such wimpy characters. The Van Pels family are utterly lampooned, to the point that Mrs Van Pels is not only annoying, but unbelievable.

I don't blame the actress who plays Anne, who is clearly talented and articulate, handling the script well. I think the writing and the direction are at fault here. So disappointing.
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Initial post: 10 Sep 2011 13:25:01 BDT
If you read the newer unabridged versions of the diaries, you will see this trait - one might call it a typical teenage attitude - through the text. Indeed these were the sections originall edited out by her father, along with references to her gorwing awareness of sexuality. She is often seen to have a 'personality clash' with her mother whom she criticises often, and makes references to her parents marriage breakdown. Her father later explained how Anne was the young, wild and very passionate child, while her sister was more docile.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2013 01:23:21 GMT
Jane Austere says:
Sorry, Mr Joel G. Hall, I agree with your comments but pressed the wrong button.

Posted on 25 May 2013 21:11:36 BDT
J. Kirk says:
Spot on! Anne was so plum-voiced and bratty, I actually found myself rooting for the Nazis.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Aug 2013 23:08:53 BDT
PaulO says:
'I actually found myself rooting for the Nazis' - Unbelievably offensive!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2013 18:50:38 GMT
man says:
Nowhere near as offensive as trying to censor somebody's point of view though!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2013 18:51:07 GMT
man says:
Yep! I know what you mean
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