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Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001)
The definitive Anne Frank film
I finally got around to seeing this movie on DVD. (I had watched only a part of it when it first aired on ABC in 2001.) Unlike the previous adaptations of Anne Frank's story, which were based not only on the famous diary but also the 1955 Broadway play, this one uses Melissa Muller's meticulous biography as its primary source. We thus get a more accurate and complete depiction of Anne's life on film than ever before.
I'm a long-time admirer of the 1959 George Stevens film, but this is definitely the superior work. It's a heartbreaking masterpiece. The writing, casting and direction are close to perfect. Ben Kingsley matches Joseph Schildkraut in his portrayal of Otto Frank, and in Hannah Taylor-Gordon we have an actress who not only looks like the real Anne (and is the right age), but gives an unforgettable performance as well.
I watched this video in one sitting with no breaks or interruptions. That's a first for me. Kudos to all the artists involved in this production.