The Diary of Anne Frank (Studio Classics)

The Diary of Anne Frank (Studio Classics)
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DVD Features:

  • Featurette
  • Commentary
  • Screentest
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 31 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1959
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • NTSC
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Mono - Spanish
    • Stereo - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Documentary: "Diary of Anne Frank: Echoes From the Past"
    • Audio Commentary: George Stevens Jr. - Son of Director George Stevens
    • George Stevens Press Conference
    • Millie Perkins Screen Test
    • Movietone Newsreel Footage

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by , &
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Major Awards:

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

Entertainment Reviews:

Sight and Sound - 02/06/2004
"[An] intimate three-hour epic."

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Few stories have captured the world's imagination as this "emotionally stunning" (Newsweek) cinematic classic based on the real diary of Anne Frank (Millie Perkins), a 13-year-old girl who chronicled the lives of two Jewish families hiding from the Nazis. Cramped in a tiny Amsterdam attic, Anne and seven others struggle to survive for two years as sirens in the street below remind them that Hitler's army is always waiting. Yet Anne's inquisitive mind and unceasing belief in the future soars way beyond their tragic confinement. Oscar winner Shelley Winters, Joseph Schildkraut, Lou Jacobi and Richard Beymer head a powerful supporting cast.

Product Description:

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.


Production Notes:

  • Shot in widescreen.
  • Additional cast: Gusti Huber (Mrs. Frank).
  • Rated BBFC U by the British Board of Film Censors.

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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 88,669
  • UPC: 024543103226
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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