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Anne Frank Remembered

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Anne Frank Remembered

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
122 minutes
director:
Jon Blair
author:
Jon Blair
genre:
Historical, Documentary

We gave it an A

Not once in the moving, gracefully made Anne Frank Remembered — nominated for Best Documentary Feature — does British filmmaker Jon Blair cut corners by quoting the best-known passage from the best-known diary of the best-known young victim of the Holocaust. The Anne Frank remembered here is not the iconic martyr who wrote, ”In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” Rather, she comes to life as a flesh-and-blood girl (one childhood friend calls her ”spicy”), made all the more heartbreakingly real by the reminiscences of people who knew her, all of whom have survived living hell and lived to bear witness. Austrian-born Miep Gies, now in her 80s, is especially riveting as she modestly recounts the story of how she helped hide the Franks and their neighbors, and, later, how she rescued Anne’s diary — thus, in her own blessed way, saving a piece of the world.