Based on Anne Frank's diary, and the stage play that was adapted from it: In Nazi-occupied Holland, Otto Frank and his family have decided to go into hiding, because of the increasing persecutions against Jews. The businessman Kraler and his assistant Miep prepare a hiding place in the rooms above their place of business, and arrange for the Franks and another family, the Van Daans, to stay there. Later on, they are joined by the dentist Dussel. Together, they try to avoid detection while hoping for Holland to be liberated by the Allies, but even meeting basic needs can become a challenge, and even minor incidents could present a grave risk. Written by
20th Century Fox was filming most of its movies in the extra large dimensions of Cinemascope in order to lure patrons out of their homes and away from their small televisions. However, George Stevens felt that the wide spectrum of Cinemascope took away from the claustrophobic feel that being confined in an attic for two years would produce. Therefore, in order to achieve the effect that he desired without defying the order to film in Cinemascope, the director added columns on each side of the set, supposedly to be the beams that were supporting the attic but actually to narrow the width of the screen, thus producing the stifling feel he originally intended. See more »
When Anne Frank and Otto Frank begin to hum and dance, the closed captioning says "The Blue Danube", which is wrong. The song they hum to is "Tales from The Vienna Woods". These two songs sound similar because they were both written by Johann Strauß. See more »
The only complaint I have about this movie is the lack of accuracy.
The last diary entry we have is on August 1, 1944. There was no time - and she was not allowed to - make a quick note in the diary about what had just happened when the Gestapo had burst into the room to arrest them.
The arrest itself is completely wrong too - the helpers WERE there, and two of them were arrested along with the people in the Annex. They were not just standing there at the door waiting for the bookcase to come down and the police to run up. They had no clue was was about to come - and their arrest was a major surprise and disappointment to them because they were so close to liberation.
I understand the need to sugarcoat the issue, but it is a disgrace to those who lived it to portray it so inaccurately.
But then, that's just my opinion.
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