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

Millie Perkins , Shelley Winters , George Stevens  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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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: 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: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001XJBE1Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,356 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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70 of 74 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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33 of 33 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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19 of 20 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 Never Forget what socialism can do.
Excellent. True story. Reminds us not to forget what a socialist ( Nazi, USSR, Mao, etc.) Gov't can do to it's people and the people of other countries. Read more
Published 3 days ago by NevadaKid
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
My students absolutely loved this movie. Viewing it was a great way to end our teaching unit on Anne Frank.
Published 10 days ago by Rhonda Dean
1.0 out of 5 stars extremely poor quality
The DVD was of extremely poor quality. Part way through, it stopped and wouldn't continue playing at all. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Deborah Garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Movie with Great Performances
Wonderful movie and the extra short subjects really helped understand the movie and the occupation of Amsterdam. Watched it just before visiting the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam.
Published 16 days ago by albert byrd
5.0 out of 5 stars 8th grade
we read the book then watch the movie. FANTASTIC BOOK AND MOVIE A MUST READ BOOK AND WATCH MOVIE I LOVED THAT I WAS MADE TO READ IT IN SCHOOL, ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS! Read more
Published 17 days ago by season
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesome the story she told was unimaginable to go through something like that,
was glad to see they at least found her diary.
Published 19 days ago by Anna Acosta
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality DVD
The DVD was damaged and did not realize until I was playing it for my class after reading the play. I am very disappointed. We were not able to view the movie in its entirety. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Danna Bloomer
5.0 out of 5 stars Masada
This is a classic that every Jew and Gentile need to watch. As a High school teacher, this movie should be shown in our history classes! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Piece of History
This is a great story of courage and survival. Great for teaching children the true value of life and the history of these families. What a horrible time in history!
Published 1 month ago by Keren
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Frank family
I saw the movie years ago. Now to read the book was so special. I sensed how difficult it was for so many people to lvie together in a small space during war time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nelda F. Liebig
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