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The Diary of Anne Frank

film poster by Tom Chantrell
Directed by George Stevens
Written by Anne Frank
Frances Goodrich
Albert Hackett
Starring Millie Perkins
Joseph Schildkraut
Shelley Winters
Diane Baker
Ed Wynn
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography William C. Mellor
Editing by David Bretherton
William Mace
Robert Swink
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Release date(s) March 18, 1959 (1959-03-18)
Running time 170 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3 million

The Diary of Anne Frank is a 1959 film based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name, which was based on the diary of Anne Frank. It was directed by George Stevens, with a screenplay by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. It won three Oscars.



The movie was based on the personal diary of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl who lived in a hiding place with her family during World War II. All her writings were to her diary titled as 'Dear Diary...'.This diary was later published by her father Otto Frank after the end of War; by the time all his other family members were killed by Nazi.

Awards and nominations


Academy Awards

The film won three Academy Awards:[1]

It was nominated for a further five:

Cannes Film Festival

The film was entered into the 1959 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

DVD and Blu-ray releases

On February 3, 2004, The Diary of Anne Frank was released on DVD. The special features included some of the following; "The Diary of Anne Frank: Echoes From the Past" featurette, a press conference with director George Stevens, MovieTone news announcing public appearances by Millie Perkins, a screen test, and an audio commentary by Millie Perkins and George Stevens Jr, the director's son.

A fiftieth-anniversary edition of the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 16, 2009, three months after the film's original release date, in commemoration of what would have been Anne Frank's 80th birthday.[3] It included seven major new featurettes: three cast interviews, a behind-the scenes look at the score, two short documentaries about George Stevens' memories from the war and the history of the diary, and a perspective piece on the film's legacy by Thomas Rothman.[4]

The Blu-ray release was only a month before Tony van Renterghem died on July 19.[5] Renterghem, a Dutch cinematographer and technical, historical and script adviser who worked with Stevens for many years, consulted on both the play and the film.[5] While his work was almost entirely behind the scenes, his knowledge no doubt helped in putting together the historical featurettes.

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