Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank

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Director: George Stevens, Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters

Cast: George Stevens, Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters

     
 

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This is the autobiographical drama of a young Dutch Jewish girl hiding from the invading Nazis during World War II. Anne and her family share a claustrophobic attic with another family. Tension is often unbearable, as the people hiding know that their discovery by the enemy could lead to almost certain death at the hands of their captors. They also must contend with

Overview

This is the autobiographical drama of a young Dutch Jewish girl hiding from the invading Nazis during World War II. Anne and her family share a claustrophobic attic with another family. Tension is often unbearable, as the people hiding know that their discovery by the enemy could lead to almost certain death at the hands of their captors. They also must contend with the Dutch Gestapo or "Green Police," who will turn them over to the Nazis if discovered. Dutch nationals risk their lives by hiding the family for two years. The group, despite the horror and crowded conditions, still find time for celebrations of Hanukkah and rejoice quietly in the small attic that has become their world. The story is told from the narrative perspective of Anne, a young girl hoping to live to womanhood. The film was nominated for several academy awards and won two for best supporting actress (Shelley Winters) and for cinematography (William Mellor).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Although it appeared almost fifteen years after the end of World War II, The Diary of Anne Frank was one of the first post-war films to confront the Holocaust on such human terms. The Frank family is an "every family," made to bear testimony for all the victims of the Nazi genocide. It is a weight that the film bears with dignity, although the filmmaker's self-consciousness occasionally causes the pace to drag. Shooting in panoramic Cinemascope, Oscar-winning cinematographer William C. Mellor and director George Stevens capture the situation's overwhelming claustrophobia, as the two families are forced to cohabit in cave-like conditions, remain quiet all day, and block up the windows at night; the claustrophobia gradually creates a palpable sense of audience dread. Shelley Winters's near-hysterical performance garnered her an Oscar, but she sometimes seems to be in a different movie from her more controlled co-stars. Millie Perkins was a little old (21) for the title role, but she effectively conveys Anne's painful adolescent confusion. The strength of both families in the face of such frightening conditions provides the film with a moral center and tragic power that overcome its minor weaknesses.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/2009
UPC:
0024543581086
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:59:00
Sales rank:
940

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with George Stevens, Jr. and Millie Perkins; All-new featurettes:; George Stevens in WWII; The making of the Diary of Anne Frank: a son's memories; The Dairy of Anne Frank: memories of Millie Perkins and Diane Baker; Shelley Winters and the Diary of Anne Frank; The sound and music of The Diary of Anne Frank; The Diary of Anne Frank: correspondence; FOX movie channel presents fox legacy with Tom Rothman; Interactive pressbook gallery; Behind-the scenes gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Millie Perkins Anne Frank
Joseph Schildkraut Otto Frank
Shelley Winters Mrs. Van Dean
Richard Beymer Peter Van Dean
Gusti Huber Edith Frank
Lou Jacobi Mr. Van Dean
Diane Baker Margot Frank
Douglas Spencer Kraler
Dody Heath Miep
Ed Wynn Albert Dussell
Robert Boon SS Man
Del Erickson Actor
William Kirschner Workman in Shop
Frank Tweddell Night Watchman
Charles Wagenheim Sneak Thief

Technical Credits
George Stevens Director,Producer
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
David Bretherton Editor
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
George W. Davis Art Director
Frances Goodrich Screenwriter
Albert Hackett Screenwriter
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
William Mace Editor
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Edward B. Powell Musical Direction/Supervision
Stuart A. Reiss Production Designer
Walter Scott Production Designer
Robert Swink Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Mary Wills Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Diary of Anne Fran
1. Overture [3:38]
2. Main Titles [1:53]
3. Prelude [6:22]
4. All About Myself [2:03]
5. Settling In [4:53]
6. Yellow Star [3:07]
7. 8AM to 6PM [4:47]
8. A Father's Gift [5:18]
9. Peter [5:52]
10. Frayed Nerves [7:38]
11. The Radio [3:23]
12. Fear [7:35]
13. Room for One More [7:29]
14. A Bad Dream [7:28]
15. Comfort and Hurt [5:14]
16. Bombing Raid [4:29]
17. Chanukah [6:21]
18. Break-In [4:03]
19. Close Call [4:09]
20. God's Infinite Mercy [9:25]
21. Peace In 1944 [2:47]
22. Cutting the Cake [5:00]
23. Youthful Ideals [7:20]
24. Primping [4:58]
25. A Date With Peter [4:57]
26. Outside [10:08]
27. Spring [1:39]
28. Stealing Food [2:32]
29. D-Day [4:48]
30. Highs and Lows [4:57]
31. Faith [7:01]
32. Discovered [5:05]
33. Anne's Last Entry [3:49]
34. Exit Music [3:51]

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The Diary of Anne Frank 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Diary Of Anne Frank was wonderful story that tells plot of what was happening during world war 2 in a simple way. and Focusing on one very special girl. Every part and chapter of the book was suspensful and never left me bored. The dramatic feeling of what this girl was going through was well felt when reading this book. It showed in chronilogical order , what was happening from the time Anne was 13 , to 15 and what her timeline was durning that time. i reccomend this book to anybody no matter what your studying. it gives well knowledge about history through a young girls life. well done - HLH
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in 9th grade, & my Language Arts Class watched this movie after we read the play from our textbooks. I absolutley LOVE black & white films, & this is no exception. This movie is amazing. I just love Shelley Winters as Mrs. Van Daan. I am thinking about purchasing it so my family can watch it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Diary of Anne Frank' is based on the tragic best selling diary of a young girl¿s real life account of her secret existence under Nazi persecution. After the war breaks out, Anne¿s prudent father, Otto (Joseph Schildkraut) whisks the family underground to avoid being sent to a concentration camp. Together with another family, the Franks attempt to wait out the prospect of being discovered in a cramped attic adjacent a factory run by the resistance. Anne (Millie Perkins) endures the hardship, danger and sadness of World War II, but never without hope and astonishment for a better tomorrow. Petronella (Shelly Winters) and Hans van Daan (Lou Jacobi) are also in hiding with the Franks and their son, Peter (Richard Beymer). But the bond of loyalty that develops between Peter and Anne is threatened by Hans¿ greed and distemper. Despite being forced by Fox to shoot his film in the widescreen process of Cinemascope, director George Stevens nevertheless managed to capture the claustrophobic atmosphere of a regime slowly closing in on the Frank¿s precarious abode. Stevens, a member of the first American film corps that liberated several Nazi concentration camps with the allies, was appalled by the overwhelming scope of genocide he encountered. His outrage is channeled on this occasion into a poignant, visceral and emotionally stirring production that not only manages to capture the essence of the period, but rightfully preserves the memory of Anne Frank ¿ a young girl, aged well beyond her years, who had the clairvoyance to put onto paper one of the most heartbreaking and genuine accounts of the second world war. Fox gives us a stunning B&W anamorphic picture with zero film grain, solid blacks, fine detail and remarkable clarity. Really, there's nothing to complain about in this visual presentation. The audio is equally impressive. The musical score is spread across all five channels and offers a genuinely moving experience. The extras include a 90 minute documentary on the real Anne Frank, the film and WWII, some period featurettes and the original theatrical trailer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To me this movie was amazing. It looked so real, like i saw it through her eyes.Im only in 8th grade and i really appreciate what i saw.My teacher opened up my eyes by showing me this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We watched this movie in my 8th grade english class while studying World War II and I loved it so much that I bought it and watched it with my family. The acting and filming is wonderful (it is in black and white) and the ending is so sad. My favorite line is that of Otto Frank when they all know they were going to be captured by the Nazis at the ending. It goes, "For two years now we have lived in fear. Now we can live in hope." It gets me every time.
ValeretFields More than 1 year ago
What a heroic person Anne Frank was! George Stevens has illuminated this persons courageous life. She is an inspiration.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I teach 8th grade Language Arts and it was a movie that I had to talk them into watching, simply because it was black and white. I knew they would throw a fit. We had just finished reading the book so I really talked up this movie...even though I had not yet seen it myself! I think that the whole entire class thought it was wonderful! I found that I couldn't take my eyes off of it the whole time! The part that got the students the most was when there was a burglar downstairs and you thought the cat was going to make a bunch of noise. The students were on the edge of their seats. The ending of the movie, for me, was very emotional because of all they had been through. Hearing the sirens that final time and knowing they were coming for them was heartbreaking!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Love this movie its was sooo good! Its also sad about what she went though. I keep on watching it almost every day. Old movies are always good. This movie is my #1 fav. movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a really uplifting movie. It was really sad. I don't know what I would do if I was Ann back then. She was the strongest girl out of her sister and mother. I really look up to her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this film is amazing. I loved Mrs Van Daan, played by shelly winters
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome movie!!