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The Book Thief [Blu-ray]
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Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel, an extraordinary and courageous young girl sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany. She learns to read with encouragement from her new family and Max, a Jewish refugee who they are hiding under the stairs. For Liesel and Max, the power of words and imagination become the only escape from the tumultuous events happening around them. The Book Thief is a life-affirming story of survival and of the resilience of the human spirit.
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It's death who introduces Liesel, Sophie Nelisse, in the opening scenes and death who fills in her life story in the closing scenes. He's in and out throughout the film gently taking souls while passing on his own unique and inspiring message about all he has learnt about us, the human family. Very philosophical and really quite beautiful. His speech in the closing scenes was so uplifting I was almost moved to tears.
The story concentrates on the war in Germany and focuses upon the growth of the Nazi's and the impact that has on a small town in which Liesel is taken to live with 'adopted' parents. Liesel can't read much at first but develops a passion for books. A passion that will remain throughout her life and one that's encouraged by her new 'papa' and the Jewish boy, Max, hiding from the Nazi's in their cellar.
Some of the darker events of the times are shown but the film doesn't concentrate only on the fate of the Jews. It goes to great length to highlight the absolute racism and discrimination of the Nazi's even against their own people. There are a couple of great scenes set around Jessie Owens, American track and field Olympic gold medalist, which I thought were particularly well done. What 'The Book Thief' is asking you to consider is the effect an extraordinary war had upon ordinary people and how it impacted upon love, friendship and family.
We bought the DVD last week and I've watched it twice. It really is a good movie and such a clever blend of dark/light, sad/happy. I'm more than happy to recommend.
The Book Thief is on one DVD and runs for approx. 131 minutes. The film has a '12' classification and I wouldn't recommend it for children much younger as there are some strong themes and some violence.
The film contains both the feeling on impending doom and hope simultaneously. I felt like I was reading poetry while I watched the film. It was executed that well. The performances were spectacular.
Must see film for those who love a great movie. It is an Oscar worthy film for Brian Percival. I appreciate what you did even if the Academy did not.
The subject matter, however, is far from that. The viewer is shown the harsh realities of life in Nazi-rising WW11 Germany. And, it's quite a shock actually to discover that they, like us Brits, were just as scared, just as poverty-stricken and just as much at the mercy of the Hitler-led regime. Young Sophie Nelisse, the actress in the lead-role of Liesel, lends a wide-eyed innocence to the whole proceedings and is well supported by a talented Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson in the roles of her adoptive parents, who take her on (for money ) when she is removed from her own communist mother's care.Read more ›
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The Book Thief is set in Nazi Germany and it revolves around a young girl named Liesel (wonderfully played by Sophie Nelisse) whom Death (voiced by Roger Allam) takes an interest in, out of all the countless souls he's come across. Brian Percival's (Downton Abbey) adaptation of the award-winning bestseller by Markus Zusak is nothing flashy nor does it reek of Oscar bait. It's simply intimate, competent, and assured.
The acting is strong across the board. 13-year-old Sophie Nelisse does a great job in the lead role and displays the talent, control, and maturity rarely seen in others her age. This girl is a star in the making. Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson are fantastic (as usual) as Liesel's foster parents. The two are a joy to watch, filled to the brim with charm. Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch, and Barbara Auer also deliver endearing supporting turns.
The John Williams' moving musical score is absolutely wonderful . The ending is also perfect. Cold-hearted cynics be damned.
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Very good, very well made, well directed and well acted film, I saw it first on Netflix and just had to have it for my collection.Published 3 days ago by Keith Phillips
Disappointing overall. For me it failed to portray the horrors of living in WW2 Germany, and I found it boring at times. Well acted, without doubt, but lacked something for me.Published 5 days ago by Roy
Watched it last night, lovely film. Not as good as the book though, but that is to be expectedPublished 6 days ago by P. Palmer