Anne Frank: The Missing Chapter (Based on the book "Anne Frank - The Biography" by Melissa Muller) [VHS]

 
9780780023178: Anne Frank: The Missing Chapter (Based on the book
Review:

This documentary promises insights drawn from previously unseen material from the Diary of Anne Frank, but it suffers from an inherent lack of focus and never quite delivers. The central point is that when Anne Frank's father, Otto Frank, published his late daughter's diary following World War II, he had purposely left out several pages. Scholars eventually came into possession of the pages, and while they do provide information about Anne Frank's mother, the troubled marriage of her parents, and other family matters, they don't provide any previously unknown significant facts about her life or her eventual demise in a Nazi death camp. So this documentary focusing on the missing pages turns out to have little to focus on. Meandering interviews with people who knew Anne Frank and her family in Amsterdam are frustrating, as they offer little new information. And a segment positing theories on who might have betrayed the Frank family is interesting as far as it goes, but as one scholar even says on camera, identifying the person who might have betrayed them wouldn't change the essential facts of their story. Author Melissa Müller, who published a biography of Anne Frank that used the previously unknown pages of the diary as source material, does offer some insight into Anne Frank's thoughts, but her interview segments only seem to get lost in a production that is unfortunately muddled. --Robert J. McNamara

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