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Anne Frank Remembered
Blair has explained that he read Frank's diary as a child, and had a very clear image of what she was like. He had seen dramatisations and documentaries in which children's voices were used to read extracts from the diary, and he believed that this robbed the viewer of their own impression of Anne Frank. For this reason he determined that the diary should be read by an adult, and selected Glenn Close as the voice of Anne Frank. The film was narrated by Kenneth Branagh.
Miep Gies, the woman who had helped shelter the family, and who had saved the diary after the group was betrayed, collaborated with Blair and appeared on film. Blair filmed in the real locations of Frank's life, including the "Achterhuis" (where Anne and her family lived in hiding) in Amsterdam, and the Westerbork and Auschwitz Concentration Camps. Blair commented that Auschwitz had been filmed a number of times, for many reasons, however he wanted to suggest something of the "ghosts" of the people that had passed through there, and so he determined that the only way to do this would be to film at night. He was also able to obtain a train similar to those used during World War II to recreate the scenes of people being transported to Auschwitz. As the film was made in association with Anne Frank House, it was able to include the only known film footage taken of Anne Frank. The short film was made in 1941 of a wedding in the Amsterdam suburb where the Frank family lived. The camera cuts for just a few seconds to a balcony, where a young girl, Anne Frank, stands watching the bride and groom on the footpath below.
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