The Book Thief [DVD] 
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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 ›
Really pleased I was unable to resist because this is an incredible film with a hard working cast that bring alive a touching script during an extremely tough time (WW2).
What I loved most about this film is the fact it showed a different side to Germany during the war, it doesn’t shy away from the fact that not everyone was a nazi during WW2 and that in contrast a lot of German people were just living in fear of them, and it does this in such a good but subtle way that when the residents are experiencing being bombed you feel worried and concerned for them despite the fact it’s obviously the allied forces dropping the bombs.
If I was German I might feel a little annoyed that the only time they used actual German in the film is when they wanted to show aggressive nazi speeches or commands, and although I understand why that was done it did feel slightly unfair.
All the cast were exceptional but Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Nico Liersch played their roles to an outstanding degree. I really recommend anyone watching this film even if you initially think it’s not the sort of film you would enjoy.
Oh and the narration by death was the icing on the cake, beautifully done.
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It was a very good film in the end it's was very good as a trow storyPublished 3 days ago by mr arthur d bates
Excellent quality and service. Am happy with purchase many thanksPublished 12 days ago by Lucia Alexandra
Made me tearful few times. Don't watch if you are one of the bigoted "critics", but if you simply want a good drama that will bring a tear of both sadness and joy, then i'd... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Prabesh
I am not interested in the DVD’s content, only in whether it contains English subtitles for the deaf. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Deaf Ears