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The Diary of Anne Frank

Millie Perkins  Actor Joseph Schildkraut  Actor Shelley Winters  Actor Richard Beymer  Actor Gusti Huber  Actor Lou Jacobi  Actor

MPAA Rating: NR
Contains:Adult Situations

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The Diary of Anne Frank

UPC: 024543581109

Studio: 20th Century Fox

MPAA Rating: NR   Contains:[Adult Situations]

Summary: 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 the family for two years. The group, despite the horror and crowded conditions, still find time for celebrations of Hanukkah and rejoice quietly in the small attic that has become their world. The story is told from the narrative perspective of Anne, a young girl hoping to live to womanhood. The film was nominated for several academy awards and won two for best supporting actress (Shelley Winters) and for cinematography (William Mellor). ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Category: Historical Film

Awards: Best Director – Directors Guild of America Best Picture - Drama – null Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama – null Best Supporting Actress – null Best Director – null Motion Picture Promoting International Understanding – null Best Black and White Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Cinematography – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Costume Design – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Costume Design – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Drama or Comedy Score – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture – National Board of Review Best Director – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Supporting Actor – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Motion Picture Promoting International Understanding – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Moti – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama – Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Features: Audio commentary with George Stevens, Jr. and Millie Perkins
All new featurettes:
George Stevens in WWII
The making of The Diary of Anne Frank: a son's memories
The Diary of Anne Frank: memories from Millie Perkins and Diane Baker
Shelley Winters and The Diary of Anne Frank
The sound and music of The Diary of Anne Frank
The Diary of Anne Frank: correspondence
Fox movie channel presents fox legacy with Tom Rothman
The Diary of Anne Frank: echoes from the past
Diary of Anne Frank excerpt from George Stevens: a filmmaker's journey
George Stevens press conference
Millie Perkins screen test
Fox movietonews clips
Trailers, interactive pressbook & behind-the-scenes gallery

The Diary of Anne Frank

Format: Blu-ray

Release Date: 06/16/2009

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Cinemascope

Audio: DD4.0 Dolby Digital 4.0, DD1 Dolby Digital Mono, DHMA, DTS Digital Theater Systems

Runtime: 179 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,Spanish

Subtitles: Spanish,French

Region: Universal Compatability

Dan Jardine

Although it appeared almost fifteen years after the end of World War II, The Diary of Anne Frank was one of the first post-war films to confront the Holocaust on such human terms. The Frank family is an "every family," made to bear testimony for all the victims of the Nazi genocide. It is a weight that the film bears with dignity, although the filmmaker's self-consciousness occasionally causes the pace to drag. Shooting in panoramic Cinemascope, Oscar-winning cinematographer William C. Mellor and director George Stevens capture the situation's overwhelming claustrophobia, as the two families are forced to cohabit in cave-like conditions, remain quiet all day, and block up the windows at night; the claustrophobia gradually creates a palpable sense of audience dread. Shelley Winters's near-hysterical performance garnered her an Oscar, but she sometimes seems to be in a different movie from her more controlled co-stars. Millie Perkins was a little old (21) for the title role, but she effectively conveys Anne's painful adolescent confusion. 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. ~ Dan Jardine, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Frances Goodrich  Screenwriter 
Albert Hackett  Screenwriter 
Alfred Newman  Composer (Music Score) 
George Stevens  Director 
George Stevens  Producer 
Millie Perkins  Actor 
Joseph Schildkraut  Actor 
Shelley Winters  Actor 
Richard Beymer  Actor 
Gusti Huber  Actor 
Lou Jacobi  Actor 
Diane Baker  Actor 
Douglas Spencer  Actor 
Dody Heath  Actor 
Ed Wynn  Actor 
Robert Boon  Actor 
Del Erickson  Actor 
William Kirschner  Actor 
Frank Tweddell  Actor 
Charles Wagenheim  Actor 

Country: USA