Anne Frank's Diary Being Re-Written in Mamet Speak

August 12, 2009

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David Mamet, one of the few writer/directors I trust not to try to somehow update the story to include micro-blogging, has signed on to write and direct a film version of The Diary of Anne Frank. Now 8th grade teachers will definitively know when their kids watched the movie instead of reading the book when a student notes Frank's "terse, clever, edgy dialogue":

The film will be an amalgamation of the famed diary; the stage adaptation by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich; and Mamet's own original take on the material that could reframe the story as a young girl's rite of passage. Frank, who died at 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, became an icon of the Holocaust after the post-war publication of the diary that she kept during the two years that her family hid in a secret attic apartment in Amsterdam.

In light of this news, I'll be spending the next several days mentally adapting famous Mamet quotes to fit into the The Diary of Anne Frank.

"A.B.H.: Always Be Hiding!"

"Everyone hates Nazis; that's why we call them Nazis!"

Feel free to continue in the comments.

David Mamet takes on 'Anne Frank' [Variety]

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