April 10, 2010 |
Screenwriter Deborah Moggach was given a strict directive from the BBC for her adaptation of "The Diary of Anne Frank," which airs on "Masterpiece Classic" Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday. "They wanted an Anne for this generation, so young people could empathize with her and feel she was just one of them," says Moggach. "She was a very typical teenager. I wanted her to be a normal girl, so she wasn't sort of distanced by history from young people watching it now." Available in some 60 languages -- it was first published in 1947 -- "The Diary of Anne Frank" is the critically acclaimed, funny, poignant, sad and even optimistic chronicle of Anne Frank, a German-born Jew who spent most of her young life in Amsterdam.
April 10, 2010 |
After the Bible, "The Diary of Anne Frank" is the most widely read nonfiction book in the world. Translated into 60 languages, it's been adapted countless times for stage, film and television and used in schools across the country to help children understand the meaning, and horror, of the Holocaust. It is ideally suited for this last task because Anne, apart from being a young Jewish girl forced to go into hiding when the Germans invaded Holland, was a remarkably articulate teenager, fearless about writing precisely what she thought about everything, from her dislike of her mother to her own burgeoning sexuality.
June 9, 2009 |
Anne Frank put a human face on the horrors of the Holocaust, thanks to the gift of an autograph book she received for her 13th birthday on June 12, 1942. It was just a month before her Jewish family went into hiding from the Nazis in rooms in her father Otto Frank's office building. Until they were betrayed to the Nazis, arrested and sent to concentration camps in 1944, Anne Frank skillfully wrote, in the red-and-green-plaid cloth book with a small lock, about her life in the attic.
March 15, 2007 |
"THE Diary of Anne Frank" has become an iconic cautionary beacon since its initial publication in 1947, through respective Pulitzer- and Oscar-winning stage and film adaptations. Yet an accomplished revival from Ventura's Rubicon Theatre resonates with particularly topical urgency, thanks to a confluence of recent news events.
February 8, 2001 |
Kristina Bartlett glows with unrestrained energy in the first scene of "The Diary ofAnne Frank" at the West Coast Ensemble. Director Richard Israel almost pushes the point too far--Bartlett's vivaciousness deeply contrasts with the more somber mood of the other actors. But the effect is still heartbreaking. We know this ill-fated teenager will be granted her wish for fame in the most awful manner.
November 19, 1998
11 pm: Pop Music "Kuruption," the debut solo album from Kurupt, contains one CD for the West Coast and one for the East, reflecting the rapper's L.A. base and Philadelphia roots. The former Ricardo Brown, who headlines Club Soho downtown, was a protege of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and then the partner of Daz Dillinger in tha Dogg Pound before striking out on his own. * Kurupt, with Chanel at Club Soho, 333 S. Boylston Ave., 11 p.m. $26 and $55. (213) 480-3232.