Gerrit Netten’s 2001 documentary ‘The Short Life of Anne Frank’ and Mark Herman’s 2008 historical drama based film ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’, are both based on the innocence perceived through the vision of two children’s eyes and thoughts, surrounding the abhorred events that took place in German-occupied-Europe between 1941 and 1945. Though both motions follow the destructive situation that happened during those years of devastation, it is also apparent that both films are impressive yet contrasting pieces of work that show the personal cost of tragedy through innocence, and also through the director’s control of sound and image.
‘The Short life of Anne Frank’ is a twenty-eight-minute long look motion, which introduces the audience with a concise observation about the young German-Jewish girl’s life, and her own personal development through growing up, ambitions and desires, orderly documented in her diary; the dearest thing she held closest to her. We see in Netten’s documentary a brief overview of her productivity within German life with her family as she grew up, followed shortly by a very abrupt preface about the Anti-Semitic political party gaining power. The emphatic male commentary by Jeremy Irons alongside of this is profoundly informative yet powerful throughout the entire documenta...
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