Diary of Anne Frank (DVD)

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Harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.

Product Details

Barcode
6003805050762
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Aug 2005
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Biography
Region
Region 2
Year
1959
Language
English
Studio
20th Century Fox
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Diary of Anne Frank
Release Year
1959
Running Time
179 min
Language
English
Color
B&W
Categories
Dramas / Jewish Heritage / Recommended / Theatrical Release / Tragedy / True Story / World War II
Synopsis
George Stevens' life-altering experience of witnessing the death camps after WWII was doubtless responsible for his desire to adapt the famed diary of the teenaged Jewish girl, played by Millie Perkins. With the feared 'Green Police' or Dutch Gestapo combing Amsterdam in search of Jews, Anne, her parents, Otto (Joseph Schildkraut) and Edith (Anna Huber) another Jewish family, the Van Daans, and a dentist Albert Dussell (Ed Wynn) take refuge for two years in a small attic provided by Gentile shop owners Kraler (Douglas Spencer) and Miep (Dody Heath). Despite their precarious situation, and the sense of claustrophobia created by having to live together in such crowded conditions, covering the windows during the day, and keeping as quiet as possible at all times, the families carry on as best they can. For Anne, her platonic romance with Peter Van Daan (Richard Beymer), the attractive son of often voluble parents, makes the experience more bearable than it is for the adults, whose sense of foreboding is palpable. By surrounding the inexperienced Perkins with a talented cast of veteran performers, which also includes Shelley Winters and Lou Jacobi, Stevens achieves a moving portrait of Frank's innocent precocity, with her ultimate fate the tragic subtext of this intensely compelling film.
Notes
Shot in widescreen.

Additional cast: Gusti Huber (Mrs. Frank).

Rated BBFC U by the British Board of Film Censors.
Cast & Crew
Director
George Stevens
Star
Diane Baker / Richard Beymer / Dody Heath / Gusti Huber / Lou Jacobi / Millie Perkins / Joseph Schildkraut / Douglas Spencer / Shelley Winters / Ed Wynn
Screenwriter
Frances Goodrich / Albert Hackett
Composer
Alfred Newman
Producer
George Stevens
Director of Photography
Jack Cardiff / William Mellor
Editor
David Bretherton / William Mace / Robert W. Swink
Costume Designer
Charles LeMaire
Music Director
Edward B. Powell
Movie Critics
Sight and Sound
"[An] intimate three-hour epic."
Mike Clark (6 Feb 2004, p.6E)

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (b&w)
Winner: 1959
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (b&w)
Winner: 1959 - Lyle Wheeler
Best Cinematography
Winner: 1959 - William C. Mellor
Best Supporting Actress
Winner: 1959 - Shelley Winters