In Nazi-occupied Holland in World War II, shopkeeper Kraler hides two Jewish families in his attic. Young Anne Frank keeps a diary of everyday life for the Franks and the Van Daans, chronicling the Nazi threat as well as family dynamics. A romance with Peter Van Daan causes jealousy between Anne and her sister, Margot. Otto Frank returns to the attic many years after the eventual capture of both families and finds his late daughter's diary. Written by
On the first night of Hanukkah, Anne says it is December 7, 1942 - a Monday - and two candles are lit and blown out. When Otto Frank goes to inspect the break-in, he says it is Saturday and no one will return until Monday. The same two extinguished candles are seen throughout the scene. See more »
No words are adequate enough to express the emotion that I feel each time I see this harrowing account of Jewish people hiding from Nazi terror in Holland.
I read that Director George Stevens assembled his cast to live in those quarters for a certain amount of time so as to get the idea of what confinement might actually mean.
Joseph Schildkraut gave a memorable performance. Where was his Oscar nomination? Were Academy voters afraid that if he had been nominated, he might have defeated Charlton Heston in "Ben-Hur?"
Ed Wynn brought comic relief with a gem of a dramatic performance as the condemned dentist. His losing the Oscar for best supporting actor was a slap in the face, especially for his many years in show business. Similarly, Lou Jacobi gave a tremendous performance as Shelley Winters' long suffering husband.(Who remembers Hugh Griffith in "Ben-Hur?") Few remember that he was the best supporting actor that year for the latter film.
What a great musical score reaching its height as the "fugitives" are about to be rounded up. That farewell kiss between Richard Beymer and Millie Perkins was wonderful.
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