"Anne Frank Remembered" Summary

by Bobbye Alley

"Anne Frank Remembered" is a documentary released in 1995 in the United States. The film, and its director Jon Blair, won an Academy Award for Best Features Documentary and a handful of other awards. The movie is rated PG, runs 122 minutes, and is available for purchase or home rental. It grossed $1.31 million in limited release in the United States.

Plot

"Anne Frank Remembered" is the story of the young girl made famous by her book, "The Diary of a Young Girl." The diary was written by Frank while she and her family were hiding from Nazis during the Holocaust; she died in a concentration camp a few months before her 16th birthday. The documentary tells her story, and that of her family, through interviews and photographs.

Historical Information

Much of the basis of the movie was taken from Frank's diaries. Some of the anecdotes, though, were from interviews of people who met her as a child. Miep Gies, who was the secretary of Otto Frank (the girl's father), created a portrait of Anne Frank as a young girl. She said the child was smart and strong-willed and had big dreams for her life. Some of the scenes are also taken from what is known about Otto Frank, the only family member to survive the Holocaust, who lived until 1980. An interview with Hannah Pik-Goslar, the last survivor to see the girl alive, gives viewers a glimpse into her final days.

Cast

"Anne Frank Remembered" is composed of such interviews plus archival still and film images of the Frank family, but a few Hollywood names also helped. Kenneth Branagh ("Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "Valkyrie" and "Pirate Radio") narrates. Glenn Close ("The West Wing," "Fatal Attraction," and "Mars Attacks") is the voice behind the diary readings. Joely Richardson ("The Tudors," "Nip/Tuck" and "The Patriot") reads portions of Frank's diary in the film.

Reviews and Acclaims

Chicago Sun-Times and movie reviewer Roger Ebert gave "Anne Frank Remembered" three stars. To Ebert, its footage of Frank, filmed in 1941 before the family went into hiding, is "the film's most extraordinary discovery." In addition to its Oscar, "Anne Frank Remembered" won top honors at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, the Hamptons International Film Festival, the International Documentary Association and the International Emmy Awards.