Monday, June 15, 2009

Anne Frank's 80th Bday and 50th Anniversary Edition Film

“Just imagine how forgetful I’ll be when I’m eighty!”

Anne Frank, May 11th, 1944.

Friday was Anne Frank’s 80th birthday so I decided to reread the book this weekend. It is amazing to see this book withstand the test of time. It is as powerful and relevant today as ever. Anne’s desire to leave a lasting mark on the world is confirmed by her book, the film, and the Anne Frank House, the organization that continues to teach her legacy.

In my opinion, one of the most beautiful passages in the book, was written on February 23, 1944:

“When I looked outside right into the depth of Nature and God, then I was really, really, happy. And Peter, so long as I have that happiness here, the joy in nature, health and a lot more besides, all the while one has that, one can always recapture happiness.

Riches can all be lost, but that happiness in your own heart can only be veiled, and it will still bring you happiness, as long as you live. As long as you can look fearlessly up into the heavens, as long as you know that you are pure within, and that you will still find happiness.”

Tomorrow, June 16, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release a special 50th anniversary edition of The Diary of Anne Frank, 50 years after the film’s theatrical debut.

The studio worked closely with George Stevens Jr., son of the film’s legendary director, to create the anniversary edition, available on both standard DVD ($19.98) and Blu-ray Disc ($34.98). Bonus features include an audio commentary with Stevens and Millie Perkins, who portrayed Anne Frank in the film; reflections by the surviving cast members; a documentary on the film’s history; and a featurette on the letters between Stevens and his son written during the making of the film.

Other extras include Perkins’ original screen test, several Movietone news clips about the film; a documentary on the film’s score, which was written by composer Alfred Newman; and the original theatrical trailer.

We aspire to make such a lasting educational tool for the world with our project.

Photo of Anne Frank taken in 1941 by Frans Dupont. Copyright Anne Frank Fonds/ Anne Frank House’.

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