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The Diary of Anne Frank


Overview - 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).  Read more...

 

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Overview

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.

Awards:
1959 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (b&w) Winner
1959 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress Winner
1959 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner

Cast List

Shelley Winters - Oscar winning actress, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (1959)
Shirley Schrift - Oscar winning actress, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (1959)
Frances Goodrich
William Mace - Editor
George Stevens - American director/producer, SWING TIME (1936), GIANT (1956)
Lou Jacobi - American Actor
Joseph Schildkraut - Character Actor
David Bretherton - American Editor
Robert W. Swink - American Editor
Robert Swink - American Editor
Alfred Newman - Composer/Conductor/D.1970
Millie Perkins - American Actress
Ed Wynn - American Comic Actor/Writer
Diane Baker - American Actress
Albert Hackett
Charles LeMaire - Costume Designer/Wardrobe Director, mid '30s-late '50s
Jack Cardiff - British director of photography, director
Douglas Spencer - Actor\1950s
Edward B. Powell - Orchestrator
Edward Powell - Orchestrator
Richard Beymer - American Actor/Director
George Richard Beymer Jr. - American Actor/Director
Gusti Huber
Dody Heath - Actress/"Brigadoon"
William Mellor

 
Details
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 024543581086
  • Rating: Not Rated

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
True Story
World War II
Tragedy
Jewish Heritage
Recommended
Theatrical Release

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

Reviews:
"[An] intimate three-hour epic." - 02/06/2004 Sight and Sound, p.6E

 
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