The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
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This is the autobiographical drama of a young Dutch Jewish girl hiding from the invading Nazis during World War II. Anne and her family share a claustrophobic attic with another family. Tension is often unbearable, as the people hiding know that their discovery by the enemy could lead to almost certain death at the hands of their captors. They also must contend with the Dutch Gestapo or "Green Police," who will turn them over to the Nazis if discovered. Dutch nationals risk their lives by hiding
Jan 1, 1959 Wide
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One of those extremely long and well-meaning adaptations of plays, this doesn't really amount to very much, despite its intrinsically moving subject matter.
Mr. Stevens has done a superb job of putting upon the screen the basic drama and shivering authenticity of the Frances Goodrich-Albert Hackett play, which in turn caught the magnitude of drama in the real-life diary of a Jewish girl.
Represents Stevens at the height of his pretentiousness and the depths of his accomplishment.
The strength of both families in the face of such frightening conditions provides the film with a moral center and tragic power that overcome its minor weaknesses.
A poignant drama bringing us into the lives of Anne Frank, whose diary inspired millions seeking to understand why such a sweet, innocent child could be murdered in the Holocaust.
Remains a potent statement about the horrors of war and a valid testament to the girl who could answer them by writing, 'I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are really good at heart.' [Blu-ray]
More valuable as historical than artistic work, George Stevens' reverential Broadway-to-Hollywood transfer is marred by the weak lead performance from Millie Perkins.
Stevens took some stick for casting an unknown as Anne, but his decision paid off as Perkins is refreshingly unmannered in the role.
The Anne Frank saga remains moving, personal, and relavant, no matter how distant we become in time.
A poignant, moving film of hope and tragedy.
Faithful and affecting (if long).
Audience Reviews for The Diary of Anne Frank
- Anne Frank: In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
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