Originally produced as a motion picture in 2008
Special features : Deleted scenes (42 min.); "The Reader:" Adapting a timeless masterpiece [featurette] (23 min.); A conversation with David Kross & Stephen Daldry [featurette] (10 min.); Kate Winslet on the art of aging Hanna Schmitz [featurette] (13 min.); A new voice: a look at composer Nico Muhly [featurette] (4 min.); Coming to grips with the past: production designer Brigitte Broch [featurette] (8 min.); Theatrical trailer (3 min.)
Flowers for Hanna
Lessons in love
Sophie and Hanna
Truth about the guards
Stutthof concentration camp
Piece of information
Return to reading
Lady with the little dog
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films-United States
War crime trials
From the critics
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A fifteen year old boy, Michael, has an affair with an older woman, Hanna, in post WWII Germany. Hanna, lonely and a little troubled, seems to get solace from having Michael read to her. One day, Michael stops by her appartment only to find her gone.
Years later, Michael is a law student and attends a Nazi war crime trial where they meet again.
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Teacher: "The notion of secrecy is central to Western literature. You may say, the whole idea of character is defined by people holding specific information which for various reasons, sometimes perverse, sometimes noble, they are determined not to disclose."
Michael: I'm not frightened. I'm not frightened of anything. The more I suffer, the more I love. Danger will only increase my love. It will sharpen it, forgive its vice. I will be the only angel you need. You will leave life even more beautiful than you entered it. Heaven will take you back and look at you and say: Only one thing can make a soul complete and that thing is love.
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