Picks and Pans Review: The Attic: the Hiding of Anne Frank
updated 04/18/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/18/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
The Holocaust is an impossibly difficult subject for fiction or film because it was so unimaginably horrible. That is why Anne Frank's diaries have such power; with a child's innocence and hope, she captured the harsh contrast between good and evil. The diaries and the 1959 movie they inspired were both so effective one wonders why anyone would try to retell the story another way. But someone is trying. Here is the tale as told by Miep Gies (see story, page 123), the woman who helped hide the Frank family from the Nazis and who recently wrote a book about it, Anne Frank Remembered. Mary Steenburgen plays Miep with too much of a Streep-esque accent but a great deal of grace. She is every bit as classy as the production, but this version cannot match the original Anne Frank.