In the second season episode of American Horror Story, "I Am Anne Frank, Part II", we're told that Anne Frank is actually Charlotte Brown, delusional and obsessed wife of Jim Brown, a new character to that specific episode.

But new to the series (as far as I'm aware), they go and shift into this odd type of filming that looks similar to a play being played out on a television as the story is being told during the relevant sequences, and I can't quite seem to figure out what it represents.

What exactly does this new style represent?


I'd have to go back and watch it again to see what specific scenes you're referring to, but in I Am Anne Frank (both parts) the style shifts a few times. WWII-era flashback scenes are stylized to look like documentary footage, and I remember the flashback scenes when her husband recounts how her delusion developed also shifted style to something more akin to how scenes shot at that time would look. I take it to symbolize that these scenes are being told from the narrating character's viewpoint, so the visuals gain that period-documentary look.

There's a scene in Part 2 that is styled to resemble a late-60's sitcom. This, I believe, is also done to reflect the viewpoint of her husband, evoking the "perfect family" archetype that pervaded tv shows then.

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