The Diary of Anne Frank

1959

Action / Biography / Drama / Family / History / War

108
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 76%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 76%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 10481

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Richard Beymer as Peter Van Daan
Shelley Winters as Mrs. Petronella Van Daan
Ed Wynn as Mr. Albert Dussell
Diane Baker as Margot Frank
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gizmomogwai 7 / 10

No substitute for the real diary

I just finished reading the diary of Anne Frank and was moved. As you probably already know, Anne Frank was a German-born Dutch Jewish girl who went into hiding with her family and another family during the Holocaust. The majority of the movie takes place in their hiding spot. There are also added post-war scenes at the beginning and end of the movie that Anne of course couldn't have written, because she didn't survive.

I was curious to see this movie, which I had only seen two scenes of on TV- Anne not throwing away her yellow star because it's a Star of David, and Mr. Van Daan drawing fury for stealing food. Neither scene is from the actual diary. There's the rub- the best parts of this movie are lifted directly from the book, but what's added, changed or left out is no improvement. Anne's diary reads as good as fiction already, so I don't think there was much need to "dramatize" it. Some scenes- like the characters confessing their sins on D-Day- come close to sappy, and Anne never really reconciled with her mother. I also wasn't very impressed with the actress playing Anne in this film. By all means, see the movie- but don't see the movie instead of reading the real thing.

Reviewed by Prismark10 4 / 10

Insipid adaptation

Having seen Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam, I felt disappointed by this 'classic' film. It does just not stand up and at one point I felt it inspired Mel Brooks 'The Producers.'

Anne Frank recorded her story of hiding in a loft with her family as well as others, living for several years in cramped harsh conditions hoping to evade the Nazis.

What we get is an overlong, mawkish film that wants to concentrate more in the love interest between Anne and a boy called Peter from the other family. We get little of the terror that these families would had felt. The film lacks the claustrophobia that should be presented to the audience. It really is a film of its time stripped of all the harshness of war.

Worse the actress playing Anne looks too old and is rather bland.

Reviewed by ianlouisiana 6 / 10

Worthy but stage - bound and lacks a pivotal performance around which to.....

.....evolve.Apart from Mr E.Wynn the cast are content to play to Jewish stereotypes and Miss S.Winters is very much full on throughout as the shrewish wife and mother who only too seldom engages her brain before opening her mouth. This picture starts promisingly enough,the set being introduced rather in the German Expressionist manner but,frankly,there is very little use made of cinema as a medium,"Anne Frank" being mainly shot as a straightforward adaption of a stageplay. To be fair to Mr G.Stevens there was little scope for opening out the production and staying fairly true to the book. So we share the sense of claustrophobia of the families which is well realised, but this has the unfortunate effect of making even the sight of marching S.S.men in the street give us a feeling of relief.Unfortunately where "The diary of Anne Frank" fails is in its central performance where Miss M.Perkins is not adequate to the task. She may be pretty and cute with big eyes but she has nothing behind them. You get the impression that when the camera stops she reverts to being a perky American teenager. Worse,she is not even a very sympathetic character. The same goes for Mr R.Beymer whose carefully greased hair smacks of liberal use of hair oil that one would have thought would have been in short supply. I felt he would have been more at home with a catcher's mitt and a bat under his arm. The story deserves better. Apart from the 6 million Jews exterminated by the Germans they also "cleansed" untold numbers of homosexuals,Poles,Russians,the disabled and mentally ill and other such untermenschen."Anne Frank" speaks for them all,its just a pity it wasn't just a little bit better.

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