Adapting Anne: My Thoughts on 3 (Very Different) Film Adaptations of The Diary of Anne Frank

For my project, I watched The Diary of Anne Frank (a feature length film released in theatres in 1959), Anne Frank: The Whole Story (a made for TV movie released in 2001), and The Diary of Anne Frank (a five part BBC miniseries made in 2009). Each adaptation had its strengths and weaknesses in areas that the others did not. Below are my thoughts on each of the adaptations.

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Hollywood & the Holocaust – Update 1

In the past week or so I have begun preliminary research for my paper. At this point I am primarily just searching databases and websites for organizations such as The United States Holocaust Museum.

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Realism as a Tool in Low Budget Filmmaking

Even in a time where digital technology has made film production a more accessible art than ever, the costs associated with producing a film are high enough to bar many artistic voices without thousands of dollars in the bank from telling their own stories. In this research, I hope to explore how real spaces can be shaped with editing and camera work to appear in a way preferable to the story of a film in order to eliminate the costs of artificially producing a set. Techniques of realism such as shooting on location and allowing actors to improvise lines can be used to lower the budget of a film, and when done right, still give it artistic and intellectual credibility.

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Princess to Prince-less: How Disney has Reshaped its Animated Female Leads (Post 4)

August 20

I altered and evolved my plan for analyzing song lyrics since I last posted.  My original vision was to compare male characters’ lyrics to female characters’ lyrics within each film.  However, after thoroughly reading numerous songs, I changed my mind in favor of a more longitudinal approach: I compared the lyrics of the princesses’ main sung soliloquy from each film.  The songs I believed best fit that label were “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast, “Just Around the Riverbend” from Pocahontas, “Let it Go” from Frozen, and “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana.

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