Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright David Mamet is writing and directing a new film version of The Diary Of Anne Frank. Here are some highlights from his adaptation:
- When confronted for stealing food, Joe Mantegna's Putti Van Daan claims not to "give two goddamn fucks in a pig's ass"
- Fantastic scene in which Anne Frank denies her dad coffee and tells her family that only those with brass balls can survive the Nazis
- Anne's diary is the only place she is able to finish a sentence
- The lead is recast as Angelo, a 54-year-old longshoreman for whom the attic is a metaphor for sexual repression
- Rebecca Pidgeon is shoehorned into the plot, ruining movie at last minute
- As the Nazis approach, Anne orders the crying baby to "can it"
- The bookcase that covers the entrance to the secret annex is played by Alec Baldwin
- Anne's death is ultimately less about "Nazis" and more about "the American dream"