The Book Thief
Based upon the novel by Markus Zusak
Special features: Deleted scenes; Sneak peeks
DVD, NTSC region 1, dual layer, widescreen (2.40:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1, surround Dolby Digital 2.0
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
World War, 1939-1945
Guerra Mundial, 11, 1939-1945
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Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson
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Other: There are racial overtones such as a child taking a liking to a black athlete and having to be told (due to Hitler's beliefs) that it's not okay to have a black person as a hero. The child tries to color his skin black. This may or may not need to be explained to some children. I don't believe the film is acceptable viewing for children.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Set in the backdrop of the Holocaust. Nazi's patrolling door to door and accosting children and others.
Violence: There's a lot of kicking and punching. Particularly the movie seems to "celebrate" a scene where the heroine is being bullied in a schoolyard and beats another boy senseless. She isn't punished, there are cheers, and the film's music and dismissive nature seems to see this as acceptable behavior. It's not.
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Liesel: My name is Liesel Meminger. I don't have a family. Or even a place to call home. I never understood the meaning of the word Hope. But I'm about to meet the people who will change all that.
Death on Liesel's long life: In my job, I am always finding
humans at their best...
and their worst.
I see their ugliness,
and their beauty...
and I wonder how the
same thing can be both.
I've attended all the
world's worst disasters...
and worked for the greatest of villains.
And I've seen the greatest wonders.
But it's still like I said it was.
No one lives forever.
When I finally came for Liesel...
I took selfish pleasure
in the knowledge
that she had lived
her 90 years so wisely.
I wanted to tell the book thief
she was one of the few souls...
that made me wonder
what it was to live.
But in the end,
there were no words.
The only truth I truly know...
is that I am haunted by humans.
Liesel told this story in a bomb shelter:There once was
a ghost of a boy...
who liked to live
in the shadows of things...
so he wouldn't frighten people.
His job was to wait for his
sister, who was still alive.
She wasn't afraid of the dark...
because she knew
that's where her brother was.
At night, when darkness
came to her room...
she would tell her brother
about the day.
She would remind him how the
sun felt on his skin...
and what the air
felt like to breathe...
Or how snow felt on his tongue.
And that reminded her...
that she was still alive.
Prologue: One small fact
You are going to die.
Despite every effort,
no one lives forever.
Sorry to be such a spoiler.
My advice is, when the
time comes, don't panic.
It doesn't seem to help.
I guess I should
introduce myself properly.
But then again,
you'll meet me soon enough.
Not before your time, of course.
I make it a policy
to avoid the living.
>Well, except sometimes.
Once in a very long time...
I can't help myself.
I get interested.
I don't know exactly what it
was about Liesel Meminger.
But she caught me.
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