The Diary of Anne Frank (50th Anniversary Edition)

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 59 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1959
  • Label: Fox Searchlight
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • NTSC
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Mono - Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Introduction: George Stevens Jr. and World War II
    • Behind the Scenes:
      1. George Stevens Press Conference
      2. Millie Perkins Screen Test
      3. The Making of The Diary of Anne Frank: A Son's Memories
      4. The Score of The Diary of Anne Frank
    • Featurette:
      1. The Diary of Anne Frank: Memories from Millie Perkins and Diane Baker
      2. Shelley Winters and The Diary of Anne Frank
      3. The Diary of Anne Frank: Correspondence
      4. Fox Legacy with Tom Rothman

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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."

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.

Product Description:

With compelling performances from an all-star cast, including Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn, Richard Beymer and Lou Jacobi, The Diary of Anne Frank is as gripping and heart-wrenching now as it was during its initial release! In honor of the film's 50th Anniversary, this Special Edition DVD offers an unprecedented look at the making of the film with an audio commentary, seven exclusive featurettes, photo galleries and more! Following the Nazi invasion of Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne and her family go into hiding in the confines of an attic. Anne's remarkable account of their lives, their growing fear of discovery, their deplorable living conditions and even the blooming of her first love are intimately portrayed in this extraordinary portrait of humanity. Nominated for eight 1959 OscarsĀ® and winning three, The Diary of Anne Frank remains one of cinema's most astounding and enduring treasures.

Plot Keywords:

Jewish Heritage | Recommended | Theatrical Release | Tragedy | True Story | World War II

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: 90,384
  • UPC: 024543581086
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