Anne Frank Remembered (1995)

This sometimes-tedious and often-moving documentary charts the life 
and times of Anne Frank, the young diarist and most-famous victim 
of Adolph Hitler.  Writer/director/producer Jon Blair has collected 
a staggering amount of historical material on both Anne and the 
Frank family.  We meet Miep Gies, one of the family's protectors 
who is still alive.  She recounts how she found the diary in the 
days after the Germans captured the Franks.  We watch Otto Frank, 
Anne's father and surviving family member, in interview footage 
filmed before his death.  Blair successfully combines these clips, 
footage, and other historical records to recount exactly what 
happened during that terrible period of European history.  As 
narrated by Kenneth Branagh and with diary excepts read by Glenn 
Close, ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED retells more than just Anne's story.  
We meet and learn about the *many* friends, family members, and 
acquaintances whose lives were touched by this young woman and her 
writings.  Winner of the last year's Academy Award for Best 
Documentary.  (Rated "PG"/122 min.)

Grade: B 

Copyright 1996 by Michael J. Legeros

Originally posted to triangle.movies in MOVIE HELL: May 26, 1996

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