The story of Irena Sendler, a social worker who was part of the Polish underground during World War II and was arrested by the Nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto.
John Kent Harrison
Marcia Gay Harden,
All four female leads, Anne (Hannah Taylor Gordon), her sister Margot (Jessica Manley), her mother (Tatjana Blacher) and Auguste Van Pels (Brenda Blethyn) all agreed to lose their hair for the scenes in the concentration camp. It was a requirement of being cast in the role that Hannah and Jessica have their actual hair cut off on camera. It was an act of solidarity with the young girls that Tatjana and Brenda decided to do the same. They came up with the idea the day before the scene was to be filmed. The still photographer did a set of before and after pictures as mementos for the women. See more »
In the movie, the address given to the Germans of the hiding place over the telephone by the supposed informer is incorrect. The informer says the address is 263 Lindtstradt, but was actually 263 Prinsengracht. It still exists today as the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam. The real betrayer of the hiding place has never been revealed or proven beyond only circumstantial evidence. The informer depicted in the movie is based on the belief of Melissa Muller, who wrote the book (Anne Frank: A Biography) that the movie is largely based on. In her book "The Hidden Life of Otto Frank" by Carol Ann Lee, which was published in 2002 and revised in 2003, an entirely different theory as to the identity of the informer is presented. Officially, the identity of the actual informer that betrayed those in the hiding place has never been conclusively determined and most likely never will be, as most of those that would be able to shed more light on the subject have since died. See more »
I want to be a champion skater, and a writer. I want my picture in all the magazines. Maybe I'll be a movie star. I want to be different from all the other girls. I want to be a modern woman, I want to travel. I want to study languages - languages and history. I want to to everything. I want to...
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What can I say about Anne Frank:The Whole Story that hasn't already been said?Not much I guess.I saw it a week ago when it premiered in Finland and was totally devastated by it.It's quite possibly the saddest movie I've ever seen.There were tears in my eyes throughout the movie and the last half an hour was almost unbearable to watch.
Hannah Taylor Gordon is a revelation.She looks just like Anne Frank but,more importantly,manages to capture her wide-eyed optimism and indomitable spirit perfectly.It's truly heart breaking to see her at the end,her spirit finally broken and all her hope gone.Gordon is so believable in her role,it's almost scary.Ben Kingsley is also wonderful as Anne's father.You really believe they are a father and a daughter.The other actors are good too,but Gordon and Kingsley really stand out.
As I said,there's nothing I can say about this movie that hasn't already been said.It's an experience that will stay with me for a long time and possibly the best holocaust movie I've ever seen. 10/10
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