May 12, 2001 |
Just one week before ABC airs its four-hour movie on the life of Anne Frank, the network appears close to resolving its dispute with the young girl's last living direct relative, who had voiced strong opposition to the film. ABC executives and Buddy Elias, Frank's cousin and the chairman of the Basle, Switzerland-based Anne Frank-Fonds, met in Paris Friday for a screening of the film, which airs May 20 and 21 and is called simply "Anne Frank."
May 18, 2001 |
Ben Kingsley wasn't inclined to do another Holocaust-related movie when he was approached about playing the part of Anne Frank's father, Otto, in ABC's two-part miniseries "Anne Frank." After "Schindler's List" and "Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story," another one, he said, seemed "simply much too painful." But he was eventually convinced, he said, after realizing that the ABC production treated its subject matter with "extreme maturity, honesty and passion."