All dialog in brown text is taken from the movie script at www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk
With German soldiers literally feet away everybody is still and quiet. Everybody human that is. Mouchi, the cat, is licking an old can and creating an unholy racket. The cat gnaws at the lid to get every portion of food. At first the Germans hear Mouchi but they are unsure just what the noise is. The can falls into the sink, Mouchi meows a few times which brings a smile to the
German soldiers. The soldiers leave via the front door which is then locked. Mr. Dussell calls Peter a clumsy fool, and all sorts of theories about what the burglar will and won’t do are bandied about. In the end nothing is decided upon, and the remaining festivities regard Hanukkah are celebrated.
It should go without saying that Mouchi has outlived its ninth life and runs away. 1943 is relatively uneventful year with little being recorded in the diary. The next entry is made on January 1 1944. Anne is on the upper most floor of the attic. She tells of the van Daan’s arguments becoming more and more ferocious. She expresses her wonder at some of the changes in her life. Later that morning Miep and Kraler appear with a new year cake which really causes an uproar. Mr. Dussell makes a relatively simple request – he wants Mrs. Frank to cut the cake. Mrs. van Daan demands an explanation. “Just what are you trying to say?”. People try to let this comment slide, but Mrs. van Daan demands an answer. Mr. Dussell, never one to hold back, tells her exactly what’s on his mind and exactly what Mrs.van Daan did not want hear. “Everybody gets exactly the same. Except Mr. Van Daan gets a little bit more”. While everybody has a slice of cake Peter wonders about Mouchi. Mr. Dussell makes a comment the cat has becomes somebodies dinner. Mr. van Daan goes up stairs and in a moment returns with a fur coat. Miep, who is already in a rush, is asked to sell the coat. He neatly sandwiches in a request for more cigarettes. “I don't care what kind they are. Get all you can”.
Mr. Kraler tells Mr. Frank that somebody he may know suspects he, his family, and his friends are hiding in the attic. After some discussion it’s decided to pay this person half of what he’s demanding. Margot, who is already under the weather, just can’t stand much more and wishes for the end to come. Her mother immediately admonishes her. Anne who seems to understand her sister most of all comes to her defense.
“You grown-ups have had your chance…It isn't our fault the world is in such a mess.We weren't around when all this started”. Her mother to admonish Anne but fails. Mr. van Daan goes around the room saying “She talks as if we started the war. Did we start the war?”. Anne stomps out of the living area, and into her room only to discover that Mr. Dussell has already taken up residence. Frustrated, she stomps up the ladder leading to the attic.
Peter follows her into the the attic and they have their first heart to heart talk. I think a romance may be blooming, but I’m not sure if it’s genuine attraction or because of the close quarters. The upshot of their discussion is Peter asking Anne to come to his room when she has to “let off some steam”.
At this point in the film Anne and Peter move to the foreground, and everybody else takes a back seat. The snarky remarks keep bubbling to the surface, but for once they really don’t have much impact. Anne gets ready for a “date” with Peter. Mr. Dussell is the wolf at the door wishing to be allowed in so he can go to sleep. Anne keeps telling him “I'm not dressed yet”. While Anne is getting ready she and her sister Margot have a talk. Margot wishes she had somebody and that she was good looking. At one point Anne wonders if she’s simply taking the place of Peters cat. Mrs. Frank goes Anne’s room to hurry things along, and after what probably felt like an eternity to Mr. Dussell Anne is ready. Anne’s mother returns to the living room and sits in a chair. “You know how young people are. Peter's room is the only place they can talk”. When Mrs. van Daan hears this she adds her own comment, only I got the feeling it was more acidic. “Talk?. That's not what they called it when I was a girl”. Peter is shaving like a person possessed. When Anne is ready she opens the door and says to her sister “Well, here I go...to run the gauntlet”. As she crosses the living room area everyone glares at her. And to make her feel just a bit more uncomfortable one of her heels snap. Just as she reaches Peters door Mrs. van Daan picks that very moment to remind her son that there is a nine o’clock curfew. She adds that he’s a growing boy, just to remind her son that he is just that – a boy. But boys and girls have a habit of growing into men and women. And Mr. and Mrs. Frank as well as Mr. and Mrs. van Daan can plainly see that. Anne’s mother asked her to leave the door open. If she didn’t she might become the target of hurtful comments. But as soon as Anne crosses the threshold of Peters room the door is swiftly closed. They want some privacy that may never come again.
At first the conversation goes toward their parents attitude towards what they are doing. It rapidly changes to hoped for occupations. Then they exchange thoughts on they’re first impressions of each other. But the conversation quickly changes to kissing. Peter admits to having kissed a girl while being blindfolded. Anne says she been kissed twice. Much sooner than either thought the church bells start to toll nine. And you probably know what happened.
HOLY COW…ZOWEE Look at her eyes