The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank
Biography, Drama, Family
1959

Director: George Stevens Cast: Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters, Richard Beymer, Gusti Huber, Lou Jacobi, Diane Baker, Douglas Spencer, Dodie Heath, Ed Wynn

Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Shelley Winters); Best Cinematography, Black-and-White; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ed Wynne); Best Director (George Stevens); Best Costume Design, Black-and-White; Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

I First Saw In: 2016

Synopsis: Harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.

Did You Know? Shelley Winters donated her Oscar to the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam.

Quotables: MR. DUSSELL: Stop it! You’re spoiling the whole invasion!

And now a Word from the Guise:
At first I was wondering why Millie Perkins didn’t get an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, but then after 5 minutes of her monotonous droning I realised why. I’m sure voice over work is difficult, but it wasn’t only the voice overs that were dull. Every single line she uttered was with the vigour of a solemn robotic sloth with depression. Perhaps they should have cast an actual 13/15-year-old instead of a 20-year-old.

You know, it’s not just Millie Perkins whose solemnity drives the film into a tedium. Most of the other actors’ performances are dull beyond measure, making this 3-hour film feel like a 6-hour snooze fest. Where tensions should be fraught with fear and danger, there is instead only stodginess and languor.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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