Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Diary of Anne Frank–Episode 11

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

130d. Mouschi is heard

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”.

140. Will you get me cigarettes any kind

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.

144. Anne balls out adults for not coming to Margots defense145. Anne tries to go to her bedroom only to find Mr Dussel already there

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.

157. Peter kisses her forehead 158. kising in the dark159. Holy cow zowee wow

                            HOLY COW…ZOWEE   Look at her eyes

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Diary of Anne Frank–episode 10

All dialog in brown text is taken from the movie script at www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk

Ok, we’re half way through the film. But instead of writing another 9 separate blogs about the second half I’ll try to shorten things up.

The tension is starting to take its toll. Everybody is starting to snap at each other. However some things must carry on. So on Dec 7 1942 they celebrate Hanukah (I apologize to those of the Hebrew faith. I can’t find a correct spelling of the occasion). Mr. Frank reads aloud while the others pay attention.

102. It's Hanakuh

 It’s usually a time of great happiness and song, but this year everyone’s feelings are subdued. Mr. Dussell is very impressed by the reading, and when Mr. Frank finishes reading he assumes the holiday is over and tries to get up from the table. He is informed under normal conditions songs are sung and presents are exchanged which he immediately compares to “our Saint Nicholas day”. Mrs. van Daan seems to take great offense at this comparison and says “No, not like Saint Nicholas day. What kind of a Jew are you that you don't know Hanukkah?”.No one really expects any presents this year. So when Anne announces there are presents no one knows what’s going on, or what to expect. Margot gets a crossword puzzle book, Anne presents Mrs. van Daan with some shampoo, Mr. van Daan gets two cigarettes containing old pipe tobacco. The pipe tobacco came from the pockets of one of Mr. Franks jackets. The tobacco contained a dash of lint (probably included for flavoring). 110. Tobacco with a touch of lint109. Its real tobacco really

                                                  It’s real tobacco….really

When Mr.van Daan lights one of the cigarettes (after repeated assurances from Anne that real tobacco was used, and it’s not a practical joke) the cigarette flares (there goes the lint) causing a mild panic attack, and a great deal of laughter. Mrs. Frank gets an I.O.U. that reads “''Here's an I.O.U. that I promise to pay. ''Ten hours of doing whatever you say.Signed, Anne Frank”. Mr. Frank gets a muffler Anne knitted. Reminder – Otto Frank wears this muffler at the beginning of the film. Peter gets a safety razor, but Anne admits he really should have a razor. She goes out her way to mention the facial foliage sprouting on his upper lip. She gives Mr. Dussell some capsules he can insert in his ears that will act as earplugs.

As I understand it one candle is lit each night, and is to remain lit. But in the film Mr. Frank puts the candle out. When someone protests that he’s supposed to let the candle burn itself out he simply responds “I'm sure that God understands shortages”. There are some really good lines in this film.

When thing are being put away there is a noise at the front door. The burglar is back. The door handle is jiggled, followed by the breaking of glass. Then there are the sound of steps on the stairs. Not knowing who it is Mrs. van Daan is convinced that it’s the Green Police, a thought never far from her mind.

118a. Mrs va Daan tells her hubby to get the money and jewel for bribes

She tells her husband to get their money and jewels ready for bribes saying “You wanna be dragged off to a concentration camp?”. Mouchi suddenly makes an appearance, and Mr. van Daan insists Peter corral the wee beastie. But Peter trips on something metallic in the darkness. The burglar hears the ruckus upstairs, runs down the stairs, and bolts out the door. Mr. Frank announces he’s going downstairs as the front door is still open. Anne tries to stop him, but he explains that he has to it being Saturday, and that Kraler and Miep will not be back till Monday. The local watchman notices the open doorway, and moves close to investigate. Mr. Frank hides behind the door with a ballpeen hammer ready to strike if need be.

120. Otto hides while a air raid warden inspects121. otto gets ready to strike

The watchmen sees two German soldiers approach. The watchman explains the situation to them. After talking the situation over the three shine a flashlight into the doorway. Mr. Frank moves swiftly up the stairs. Anne

124. Warden and goons enter the doorway

who has gone to her fathers aid hides in a small alcove near the top of the stairs. Peter follows. As the soldiers approach their position Anne faints. Peter grabs her, and so she wouldn’t be seen pulls her limp body towards towards his. After the soldiers pass Peter quietly carries Anne up the stairs. The watchman and the soldiers are now in the office standing in front of the safe. The watchman makes a point by indicating burglar tools on top of the safe. But the soldiers more interested in the building. One of the soldiers takes such

126. Burglars tools127. Goons inspect

an interest he wanders up the stairs. He points his flashlight at the bookcase – the only thing separating everyone in the attic area from arrest, and certain death. He looks at the bookcase and sees nothing wrong with it. Little does he know his light is illuminating Anne and Peter.

130. bookcase gets all lit up130a. so do Anne and Peter

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Diary Of Anne Frank – episode 9

All dialog in brown text is taken from the movie script at www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk

After Mr. Dussell has told everybody of the conditions that exist outside the attic, their spirits, which were on the rise existed prior to his arrival, have crashed to the ground.  Everybody is concerned for friends who have disappeared, knowing in their hearts that their friends are now victims of the Nazis. Since he and Anne now have to share a room she helps him get acclimated to his new surroundings. She says he’ll soon get used to everybody, even Peters cat.

96. Peter has a cat

                                                         A cat…here ?

I have an allergy to fur-bearing animals”. Mr. Dussell starts to wheeze, hack, and cough even though Mouchi is no where near. We soon learn that the “allergy” is totally psychosomatic, even though he would probably fight to death maintaining it isn’t in his head. After Anne gets into bed she can’t help but hear the sounds outside of a woman laughing, a man bellowing in German, machine gun fire, and the splash of somebody falling into the canal. Her mind combines the sounds with the dismal news Mr. Dussell brought with him, and has a doozy of a nightmare. She screams which unsettles Mr. Dussell. Her mother rushes to her side only to be rebuffed and to hear Anne ask for her father. Mrs. Frank goes to get Mr. Frank, he goes to Anne, while Margot comforts her mother who’s deeply upset. Mr. Dussell maintains something should be done about Anne. Mr. Frank asks Mr. Dussell to return to his bed. “Excuse me. I'm going to the W.C., the one room where there's peace”. Mr. Dussel is not used to having his opinion dismissed so easily, and retires to the W.C. (bathroom).

Mr. Frank is flattered by his daughters request, but at the same time is dismayed that she should hurt her mother so. Anne tries to explain her feelings to her father. “I think I'm really grown up...and then something happens and I run to you like a baby. She doesn't understand me. Whenever I try to explain

99. She asks me if I'm constipated

 my views on life, she asks me if I'm constipated”. Anne is confused and asks her father for guidance. “There's so little we parents can do to help our children, Anne. We can only try to set a good example. Point the way. The rest you must do yourself”. Anne rambles on about practical jokes, and having a conflict of feelings - the child versus the emerging adult. Her voice gets weaker and weaker, and soon she is fast asleep.

The luster of having someone new to talk to rapidly wears off, and Anne and Mr. Dussell are having almost daily fights. Sometimes its simply a difference of opinion but she writes “Someday, I'm going to give you such a smack...Why is it that every grown-up thinks he knows the way to bring up children? Particularly the grown-ups that haven't any”.

The radio has become the primary source of information and entertainment. At times they are huddled around it to distract themselves from the almost constant bombing. Usually they listen to the BBC as they are in this screen capture. But sometimes they listen to Hitler.

100. Listening to Churchill

Mrs. van Daan knits while bombs rain down. They shake the building, causing dust to fall into her hair. She knits a lot when she’s nervous, which is most of the time. When bombs fall she knits almost non stop. Mrs. van Daan is also prone to asking very stupid questions when she’s nervous. When the bombing is at its height she asks one the most stupid questions I’ve ever heard. “Suppose they hit this house? What will we do? We can't go out in the street. What will we do?”. Everyone looks at each other, wondering if they should respond. Mr. Dussell, ever the optimist, gives a most succinct answer. “If they hit this house, your worries will be over”. Mrs. van Daan soon regrets asking such a foolish question. Peter is upstairs watching the air raid when a British plane crashes near them. He gives those huddled around the radio a play by play summary of the happenings outside.“That noise--that big explosion--they hit one of the English planes. It fell right in this block”. They all go upstairs to look at the bombers headed for Germany. Just before they arrive at the window the glass shatters from the vibrations caused by the explosions.

101. bombing of Amsterdam intensifies, glass in the skylight is smashed

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Diary of Anne Frank–Episode 8

All dialog in brown text is taken from the movie script at www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk

 

While Mrs. van Daan is telling Anne about her girlhood she shows off her legs. Mr. van Daan is less than pleased, and Peter registers his embarrassment at his mothers conduct. Mr. van Daan quickly shifts his attention to his sons studies  which are no where near as good as that of Anne’s or Margot’s. Mr. van Daan makes a few unkind remarks about Peters scholastic aptitude. Margot thinks Peters marks would improve if he studied with Anne and herself. Mr. Frank asks Peter to join and make their little school “coeducational”. Peter looks at Margot (Diane Baker), says yes, and smiles.

78. Peter chooses to study with the Franks

                                                 “Yes

Meanwhile the pressure of having to hide is causing the senior Van Daans to fight more and more frequently. The subjects of the fights vary from time to time, but pressure is always a contributing factor. These two “adults” behave

80. Mr & Mrs D argue or discuss81. Anne watches the van Daans argue

like children, bellowing and yowling like scorched cats. Anne observes this behavior and is first surprised, then disgusted by it. Mr. van Daan becomes aware that Anne is staring at his wife and he. “I thought only children quarreled” she says. Mr. van Daan maintains that it isn’t a fight, and that “it's a discussion”. But Anne knows better, as does everybody else in the hiding place.

Miep and Kraler finally arrive. Miep immediately hands Mr. van Daan another package of cigarettes, one of which is lit immediately. Along with the staples of life they bring a radio disguised as a book. The radio was constructed from stolen German equipment.83. Miep shows them the radio hidden in a book84. Peter franticly hooks up the radio

Peter hooks it up with lightening speed, and for the first time in months they hear music, after hearing only the sound of their own voices for just as long. Shortly after the presentation of the radio after the office below them is burglarized. The burglar is ill prepared for what confronts him – a safe. He hears the sounds of wood bending and creaking and is unnerved. But when Margot starts to cough the burglar grabs a typewriter, and runs out of the building.

86. A burglar enter the building

When Kraler and Miep arrive the following morning they find the office area a mess (burglars are not noted for their cleanliness). They check on the welfare of their charges.

88. Miep and Kraler discover the mess89. Mrs D says she thought it was The Green Police

Well, we had a visitor last night. A thief” says Mr. Kraler. Mrs. van Daan volunteers “We thought it was the Green Police”. She says “we” when it should have been “I”. She’s constantly looking worried, and the ever increasing fights is making life all the more uncomfortable for everybody else. Mr. van Daan smokes like a chimney, and rarely says anything kind. He’s a self centered man whose smoking is a thinly veiled disguise of a coward. I think he would have turned everybody in to the Nazis for a package of cigarettes. The main concern is that the thief will return. Mr. van Daan urges Mr. Kraler to dispose of the safe. Mr. Kraler is not amused at the suggestion and jokes that maybe he put a sign on the door that reads ''Burglars, do not come back. The safe is gone”. The radio is the next victim of semi-hysterical talk. Mrs. van Daan suggests they destroy the radio because if the Green Police discover it would not look good. Mr. van Daan suggests burning Anne's diary. Mr. Kraler take Mr. Frank aside. Apparently a Mr. Jan Dussel has asked Mr. Kraler if he knew of a hiding place. He wanted to talk to the current occupants in the attic first. Mr. Frank says yes to adding Mr. Dussel to their little group.

It’s at this point in the film that I think it starts to go down hill, or loose steam. My interest in watching the film started to wane when Mr. Dussel, played by Ed Wynn, entered the story. It seems that the addition of another single human being is too much for the occupants of the attic to handle. As soon as the character of Mr. Dussel is introduced whatever harmony there was is all but gone. Mr. van Daan goes out of his way to complain about the meager food rations, and with the addition of Mr. Dussel there will be even less to eat – a point he drives home to Mr. Dussel “Did Mr. Kraler warn you you won't get much to eat here?”.

92. introductions are made

After introductions are made he tells everybody of the conditions that exist in Amsterdam for Jews. He tells of people disappearing. He immediately zeros in on Mr. van Daan. “Mr. Van Daan, you don't realize what's happening outside...that you should warn me of a thing like that.You don't realize what's going on right here in Amsterdam.  Every day, hundreds of Jews disappear”. He goes on to name names. And succeeds in bringing buoyant spirits crashing to the ground. People the Franks or the van Daan families knew have disappeared. Anne asks about her best friend. Dussel says she’s gone. Anne’s eyes tear up but she doesn’t cry.

95. Anna learns her best friend is gone