Aired Sunday April 11th, 2010 at 8:00 pm on KUED HD Ch. 7.1
A new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank by Masterpiece Classic will premiere on KUED Sunday, April 11 at 8:00 p.m. on Holocaust Remembrance Day. The film portrays the experience of a young Jewish girl - Anne Frank - and her life in hiding in an annex during the Nazi terror in World War II. Amidst closed quarters and random bomb blasts, her diary is her one true friend and confidant. The film exposes Anne's desire for independence, her friction with family, and the first stirrings of young love. As Anne's identity solidifies, so does her resolve to be a writer.
The book has been called a "remarkable record of a young woman's first-hand observations of the Holocaust, and the innate goodness she still sees in people." The Masterpeice Classic film version has been hailed as the most accurate-ever adaptation. For this new adaptation, screenwriter Deborah Moggach received permission to use passages of the diaries previously cut-out by the family.
Newcomer Ellie Kendrick's (An Education) portrayal of Anne won rave reviews from critics. "She captures Anne's lively, girlish spirit to perfection," wrote the London Times. The cast also includes Iain Glen (Into the Storm) as Anne's steadfast father, Otto Frank. Tamsin Greig (Shaun of the Dead) as Anne's reticent mother, Edith Frank.
The Diary of Anne Frank is a modern literary classic and an extraordinary social document. Since its publication in 1947, it has become one of the world's most widely read work of non-fiction.
"Every generation needs to look at Anne from its own perspective," says executive producer Rebecca Eaton. "In this new adaptation, viewers will see Anne as a bright, charming, and difficult teenager, and as the gifted writer she was destined to become."
To add to the film's authenticity, the production team painstakingly recreated the annex where the Frank family lived for two years.
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