Yes, as sick as he was, the news still completely took me by surprise. This is an enormous loss. Miss him already
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Unfortunately, when it came to adapting "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" to the stage (in 1955) and to the movie screen (in 1959), we failed. Both were written and performed in ways that now seem almost bizarrely trite and glossy, if not creepy and inaccurate.Anne has been repeatedly discussed or alluded to in several threads (eg, here), but I could not find one that was exclusively about her.
[...] Finally, on PBS Sunday night (on what happens to be Holocaust Remembrance Day), an absorbing and smartly simple British adaptation of "The Diary of Anne Frank" has done what all the other movies and stage shows failed to do: In both its edgier screenplay and grittier characters, it offers a much more realistic interpretation of Anne Frank's days in the attic with her mother, father, sister, the three members of the "van Daan" family and the dentist "Albert Dussel." (This version retains the pseudonyms Otto Frank gave the attic's other residents when Anne's diary was first published posthumously in 1947.)
At last, these small series of rooms above Otto's spice business feel as confining and yet as broad as the diary that describes them. Obsessed with details and accuracy, this version shows us a real girl, in a note-perfect performance from 20-year-old Ellie Kendrick (who had a supporting part in "An Education"), instead of some slightly oppressed version of Nancy Drew.
Here, Anne is not yet the voice of millions; she is herself. Her impetuousness and callousness in the first half of the movie almost dare us to appreciate her, or even like her much.
-- Maria Kaczynska, 66, Poland's first lady; an economist and translator of English and French, had carried out charity work in her role as first lady. Her uncle was killed at Katyn.
-- Ryszard Kaczorowski, 90, from 1989-90 Poland's last president-in-exile in London. In December 1990, passed on the insignia of the presidency to the first democratically elected president, Lech Walesa, in a high-profile ceremony.
-- Janusz Kurtyka, 49. A historian; since 2005 head of state-run National Remembrance Institute, which investigates communist-era crimes.
-- Anna Walentynowicz, 80, Solidarity activist. Her firing in August 1980 from the Lenin Shipyards in Gdansk sparked a workers' strike that spurred the eventual creation of the freedom movement, of which she became a prominent member.