The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)




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Teenaged Anne Frank, a Dutch Jew, perished along with most of the rest of her family in a Nazi concentration camp, but her hopes, dreams, and optimistic outlook have endured thanks to the publication of her diary in 1952. After intense negotiations with Anne's father, the sole survivor of the Frank family, The Diary of Anne Frank was dramatized in 1954 in a Pulitzer Prize-winning version by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. In the 1959 film version, director George Stevens could stage many dialogue sequences in furtive whispers, conveying the precariousness of the Franks' existence, and that of their fellow exiles, the Van Daan family and fussy dentist Mr. Dussel, during the two years they spent hiding from the Gestapo in a tiny Amsterdam attic. Along with Millie Perkins as Anne, the movie also features such veterans as Joseph Schildkraut as Otto Frank, Shelley Winters as Mrs. Van Daan, Lou Jacobi as Mr. Van Daan, and Ed Wynn as Dussel. Oscars went to supporting actress Winters and cinematographer William C. Mellor.
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Millie Perkins
as Anne Frank
Joseph Schildkraut
as Otto Frank
Shelley Winters
as Mrs. Van Daan
Richard Beymer
as Peter Van Daan
Gusti Huber
as Edith Frank
Lou Jacobi
as Mr. Van Daan
Diane Baker
as Margot Frank
Dody Heath
as Miep
Ed Wynn
as Albert Dussell
Charles Wagenheim
as Sneak Thief
Frank Tweddell
as Night Watchman
Del Erickson
as SS Man
Robert Boon
as SS Man
Gretchen Goertz
as Dutch Girl
William Kirschner
as Workman in Shop
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Critic Reviews for The Diary of Anne Frank

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Represents Stevens at the height of his pretentiousness and the depths of his accomplishment.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 28, 2013

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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Cinema Sight

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]

Full Review… | June 28, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The Diary of Anne Frank

book is better

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

A classic movie based on a classic novel/diary of the real experiences of a girl living in Nazi Germany. This movie really brings the events to life, and I highly recommend seeing it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Touching classic based upon true events in WWII on Diary of Anne Frank. I read the Book twice and every tiny bit of the words in the book sucked me in to it. A tragedy.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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