The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) - Biography, Drama, Family

Hohum Score

23

Watchable

During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: George Stevens
Stars: Millie Perkins, Shelley Winters
Length: 180 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 10 out of 62 found boring (16.12%)

One-line Reviews (28)

For those who haven't read the book or seen the play, the film may be a good place to start as it features moving and suspenseful moments.

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

Also I was also on the edge of my seat because of Alfred Newman's haunting and Oscar nominated score which I felt my hairs raising.

Theatrical treatment of gripping well-known material .

For two years, the Frank and Van Daan families lived a claustrophobic existence together under intense emotional distress, knowing that any minute, if they were to be discovered, it would mean deportation to a Nazi concentration camp or imminent death.

Of course with all that time at his disposal, the director delivers lots of characterisation but there's little he can do to inject genuine action and tension and as we know in advance that the moment of discovery has to come at the film's finish, attempts to heighten tension at other points are weakened accordingly, also by their being drawn out inordinately over several overlong minutes.

" All of us need this movie on VHS or DVD, so we can be totally immersed in its devastating message - "even with all of this, I still believe there is goodness in the world.

But like a all girls of this nature -- easily bored and often causing mischief to keep herself amused.

Anne's spirit is never quenched as she experiences all the trial and tribulations of burgeoning adolescence, difficulty with her mother and a slow falling in love with a teenage boy, Peter, who shares her quarters.

Long but Engaging .

The way Anne Frank is written, she actually comes off as a little dull.

The film is very suspenseful and keeps your eyes glued to the screen to see what happens next.

I believe that it is possible to dramatise an historical event and get away with it if the events are altered (Braveheart) if the film is entertaining enough.

The general cast is brilliant and the beginning of the movie is gripping when Otto frank is given his daughter's diary and discovers that time has flown since the first day in the Annex.

So many scenes are dragged out far too long, while others seem simply unnecessary.

While others may have found the action slow moving, I was completely engrossed by the dialogue and by the outstanding performances on the part of the entire cast.

Despite her stunning movie debut in the title role, Millie Perkins' subsequent career — "Wild in the Country" (1961), "Ensign Pulver" (1964), "Wild in the Streets" (1968) — didn't capitalize on her potential.

This is very slow and the majority of the conversations center around a typical teenaged couples doubts and insecurities about coming of age.

Overall I enjoyed it but found it dragged somewhat and felt the opportunity to dig deeper into the conflicts between the inhabitants of the loft that must have occurred a mistake.

In general, all the performances in this were quite good, and there was a believable portrayal of the difficulties involved in so many people sharing so little space under such stressful circumstances, and there are a number of very suspenseful moments involved.

Pretty much the entire film takes place inside the cramped attic, and it's a credit to Stevens that a three-hour film in a confined setting manages to remain engaging.

The ending made me smile a little I had visions of Anne writing the "last entry" as the nazi storm troopers waited impatiently for her to finish before the dragged her off.

However the film's trite and sentimental treatment of such an horrendous event as the Holocaust and it's victims became pretty much insulting from the first opening reels to its lacklustre conclusion.

Despite these flaws this film is quite enjoyable and sometimes disturbing with the scene of the thief and the bombs..The arrest as for it never happened like in the film.

From the start of the film, to the last line, (" Despite all this I still believe theres good in people") The Diary of Anne Frank is an enjoyable cinema experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

Great however I'd expect it to be more about the situation in which they are forced to live and their coming of age in such.

It's not a bad film, and some would probably enjoy it, but it is far too long to maintain any level of energy, and far too short to do justice to the book or the original play.

The helpers or Miep and Bep and Kruler were in the office on the 4th August and they were forced to speak and tell the Nazi where the refugees were and there were no insistent calls and Anne stopped writing in her diary on the 1 th of August because the arrest was completely unexpected.