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The movie tells the harrowing story of a young Jewish girl, Anne, who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Anne Frank keeps a diary of everyday life, chronicling the Nazi threat as well as family dynamics.
Mr. Stevens has done a superb job of putting upon the screen the basic drama and shivering authenticity of the Frances Goodrich-Albert Hackett play, which in turn caught the magnitude of drama in the real-life diary of a Jewish girl.
May 20, 2003
Stevens took some stick for casting an unknown as Anne, but his decision paid off as Perkins is refreshingly unmannered in the role.
Remains a potent statement about the horrors of war and a valid testament to the girl who could answer them by writing, 'I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are really good at heart.' [Blu-ray]