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The Diary of Anne Frank (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (1959)

Millie Perkins , Shelley Winters , George Stevens  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Millie Perkins, Shelley Winters, Joseph Schildkraut, Richard Beymer, Gusti Huber
  • Directors: George Stevens
  • Writers: Albert Hackett, Anne Frank, Frances Goodrich
  • Producers: George Stevens, George Stevens Jr.
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Black & White, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.0), French (Stereo), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001XJBE1Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,167 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Diary of Anne Frank (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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 Oscarsr and winning three, The Diary of Anne Frank remains one of cinema's most astounding and enduring treasures. 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!

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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant & masterful Holocaust film March 16, 2004
Format:DVD
Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel once wrote that dramatizing the Holocaust was a futile task, not because dramatization could not be done, but because any such attempt would trivialize the evil inherent in the Nazi persecution of the Jews. Wiesel had good reason for his belief, having directly experienced what circumstances were like at the Auschwitz death camp.
In one sense I agree with Wiesel; however, I also agree with those, such as director George Stevens, who believed that dramatization served the critical purpose of informing the public of what occurred during the Nazi era. Further, as Otto Frank maintained, it was important that audiences realized that what his family and other Jewish people endured was not something restricted to Jews, but was, rather, an object lesson for the persecution of all people forced to endure the tyranny of genocidal regimes.
In a sense, therefore, it�s inevitable that Stevens� filming of �The Diary of Anne Frank� both failed and succeeded. It failed in that it commercialized the Holocaust, as every dramatic production is forced to do. But it succeeded in its educational mission, especially considering that at the time of its release in 1959, few people were aware of Anne Frank�s diary, or of the Holocaust generally.
Seeing the film today, it is still a powerful experience. Admittedly, as an aspect of its commercial treatment, certain elements were introduced that either were not in the original diary ---- such as the stealing of bread by Albert Dussell (pseudonym of Friedrich Pfeffer) ---- or were exaggerated for dramatic reasons (the love interest between Anne and Peter Van Dann).
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent real-life Holocaust drama June 10, 2006
Format:DVD
Restored to its original 180 minute roadshow length (including overture and exit music), George Stevens' CinemaScope production of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (1959, Fox) is a deeply moving and superbly acted movie experience. Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett adapted their Broadway show, with a brilliant Joseph Schildkraut (Otto Frank) and Gusti Huber (Mrs. Frank) repeating their stage roles. Added to a great cast are a very poignant and natural young Millie Perkins as Anne, Oscar winner Shelley Winters, Oscar nominee Ed Wynn in a bitter dramatic role, Diane Baker, and Richard Beymer as Anne's boy friend.

It is heartrending material--a German Jewish family hiding out from the Nazis for two years in a Dutch attic, with Anne keeping a daily diary that was curiously ignored by the Nazis and has become one of the most important Holocaust documents. (Maybe the same God who unforgivably let Anne and her sister die in a concentration camp only one month before war's end helped hide her diary for posterity.) Location filming was done in the actual Amsterdam attic, with the real Otto Frank as technical advisor. The Oscar-winning B&W art direction re-creates the actual two story attic interior to perfection (on huge Fox sound stages), and Oscar-winning cinematographer William Mellor (PEYTON PLACE) worked miracles to make wide CinemaScope compositions look cramped and claustrophobic. Producer/director Stevens gives it all a nail-biting tension, even though we know the grim outcome because of the powerful opening and closing framing device.

Bonus material is outstanding--a feature-length documentary "Echoes From the Past." new interviews with George Stevens, Jr.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragically Recaptures Ill Fated Occupants of The Annex August 11, 2007
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Begins with Otto Frank's 1945 return to The Annex, informed that he is the only surviver of the eight inhabitants, gone are his wife and daughters.

He recognizes a scarf knitted by Anne, picks it up and cried deeply upon it.the scarf seems to represent all that is now lost.

Millicent Perkins ***** is enchanting in the role of Anne Frank, her glossy eyes and energetic playfulness which keeps her deluded from the tragic fate of the eight. She's full of soul and depth.

Shildkraut is also realistic in his portrayal of a very compassionate father trying to keep the children's spirits up and insuring that the children continue with their studies,providing them with as normal a life as possible under the very oppressed ,disturbing circumstances.

Shelly Winters,well she was well awarded for her convincing role.

All in all it is a very great, though extremely disturbing and saddening film.

Watching this touching movie spreads into your heart, and makes the eyes flood up with pity and sorrow.

This movie Should be seen At Least Once. It is easy to forget that we should count our blessings and be reminded of human torture the Holocaust brought. This film has a humbling effect.

The ending can easily move one to be more appreciative of his family and how little time we have on earth to love. As they stand , the eight of them terrorized, and yet somehow seem accepting and still hold dignity despite the doom they face.

One Last Look at Each Other and the movie closes.

ly recommended, especially for anyone who tends to pity themself too much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
brought tears to my eyes
Published 1 day ago by Neil Fennell
5.0 out of 5 stars a gift
a gift but I enjoyed it
Published 2 days ago by H. Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great tape
Published 6 days ago by Bonnie Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie, good quality picture.
Published 21 days ago by Paula Garlington
5.0 out of 5 stars A true story
This is a true story of a Dutch girl and her family in Holland during WWII what they went thru to survive the NAZI, worth the time and
money to purchase and view
Published 24 days ago by C. C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional telling of a beautiful story of attempted survial in hiding...
The classic story of the Jewish Family, and especially the daughter, Anne's, attempts to survive the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam Holland without being sent to a concentration camp... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Tom S
5.0 out of 5 stars My 8th graders love this movie!
We do a unit in my English class each year on Anne Frank and WWII and my students love this movie... even though it's old and in black and white, they still love it :-)
Published 1 month ago by LA-Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars what can you say that would be negaive??!!!
Excellent movie, excellent cast. A movie that will haunt us all because it tells of the horror that existed during that period of time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara J. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational movie
Always been a wonderful movie - a favorite of mine
I hope others who have not seen it can take the time to see it.
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Anne Woolner
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Proud of This Young Girl
The book I read in High School makes a lot more sense now that I have seen the DVD. I cried through most of the book.
Published 2 months ago by Deloris M Patterson
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