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The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)


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Commentary 1: Associate producer George Stevens Jr. and actor Millie Perkins Rating:7.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by petershelleyau on May 27th, 2012:Find all reviews by petershelleyau
Stevens Jr and Perkins are together for this commentary recording, with him being somewhat dry and boring and she more entertaining with behind-the-scenes anecdotes. I especially liked her impression of Shelley Winters. The comments are sometimes scene-specific and there are pauses. Discussed are locations/set, casting and performance, the director and Perkin's awareness of his being ill, authenticity, working with cats (there was more than one used), Stevens working with Perkins as an untrained actor vs the way he worked with trained actors, the Cinemascope frame and actor blocking, score, camerawork and lighting, FX, the issue of Nina Foch being fired as Perkin's assistant, and the film's reception and box office. Stevens Jr raises an odd point that he thinks the Germans left the diary behind when they took the people away, on purpose, so that it could be found and published.