Anne Frank Remembered

A moving, informative, and consistently absorbing two-hour documentary by Jon Blair about the famous Jewish teenager who kept a diary while hiding with her family in Amsterdam during World War II and died in a concentration camp at the age of 15. Offering a less mythological view of her than the highly successful play and film based in part on her diary, this also tells us about the rest of her family and the other people who hid in the apartment, as well as what happened to them afterward. The most memorable character is the unassuming Miep Gies, the non-Jewish Austrian employee of Anne’s father, who risked her life daily to protect the Frank family and who is interviewed at length. Kenneth Branagh serves as narrator, and Glenn Close reads aloud passages from the diary. (JR)

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