Last week, I posted about a movie I had seen which chronicles what happened to Anne Frank before and after she and her family were discovered hiding in the attic. This is the best movie that chronicles her life (that I have seen anyway), and it is called Anne Frank – The Whole Story (2001).
Yesterday, I watched another movie, The Diary of Anne Frank, 2009, BBC version. Yes, Anne and the gang speak with British accents in this film! Which I suppose is fine if you understand British accents.. Where are my subtitles? I like Closed Caption for the Hearing Impaired and “We Annoying People Who Can’t Hear So Good.”
I can understand Anne speaking with a Dutch accent, or German accent, but British?! I had trouble getting past that.
What this movie did do well was express the feeling of claustrophobia that permeated those two years. No privacy from the fellow tenants. Absolutely no noise, no moving around, and no using the bathroom for hours a day for fear that they would be heard, and thereby discovered.
How do you think you would feel, hiding in an attic for two years, knowing the only way of escape is either: 1) the war ends or 2) the Germans find you?
How would you handle every day annoyances, with no space to yourself, someone always nearby?
What would you do if someone makes you angry and you can’t yell for fear of discovery?
I don’t think I would handle the situation very well. In fact, I know I wouldn’t!
Anne’s outlet was her diary. Her writing. And I do understand that part. Writing her diary was her way of venting her feelings quietly, as privately as she could. It was a survival tactic. Years later it became one of the best-selling books of all time.
I will probably re-read her diary, and try to get my hands on some other books that tell the before and after story. For now, I am an obsessed Anne Fan.
- So what really happened to Anne Frank? (sueannporter.com)