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4.0 out of 5 stars Love, life, death, literature and the impact of war upon ordinary people., 11 July 2014
This review is from: The Book Thief [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
What I enjoyed most about the film was how death is introduced as a character. It's the voice of death which is used throughout the film to narrate much of what has happened in the past.

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.
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Initial post: 6 Oct 2014 09:17:39 BDT
Jessie Owen, Julie, not Matthews, who was an English star of Brit musicals.( I'm not a smartass, really)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2014 17:11:28 BDT
Rhoswen says:
Walks away big a big red face!!. How I didn't pick up on that I just don't know. You're not a smartass, well maybe a bit!, but thanks for pointing it out. Absolute howler and I don't know how I missed it.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2015 11:07:39 GMT
China says:
does anyone know if there is a UV code with the DVD version?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2015 13:17:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jan 2015 13:19:19 GMT
Rhoswen says:
Hi China. I've just sent you the wrong info so here's an edited version. Not that I can see. Sorry.

Posted on 3 Feb 2015 02:58:54 GMT
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