Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB
United Kingdom/USA/The Netherlands, 1995. Anne Frank House, British Broadcasting Corporation, Disney Channel, The Jon Blair Film Company. Screenplay by Jon Blair, with writings from the diary of Anne Frank. Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd. Produced by Jon Blair. Music by Carl Davis. Film Editing by Karin Steininger.
What you’ve learned from dramatic films like The Diary Of Anne Frank is nothing compared to the information that is put across in this stunning, Oscar-winning documentary. Director Jon Blair interviews experts on World War II-era Germany to great effect, but even more impressive are the interviews with neighbours and friends of the Frank family who recall the young woman now known as Hitler’s most famous victim, and give a fully fleshed portrait of her life.
Both fascinating and moving, the film explores not only Frank’s ambitions, experiences and the information recorded in her now famous diary but also its cultural effect in the years since. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh, with diary readings by Glenn Close and Joely Richardson.
Academy Award: Best Documentary Feature
Toronto International Film Festival: 1995