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The Book Thief

As Germany descends into the nightmare of Nazism, a preadolescent girl discovers the power of literature; I guess that means there's hope for humanity after all. This plush, mawkish period drama, adapted from Markus Zusak's 2005 best seller, might be useful as a means of introducing the Holocaust to small children, but it's indefensible on almost any other terms. Every scene—even the re-creations of Kristallnacht and a Nazi book burning rally—looks as if it were designed for a department store window. There's a similar hard-sell quality to the Oscar-grubbing performances, the patronizing John Williams score, and the plenitude of adorable children. Brian Percival, a veteran of British TV, directed; with Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.



  • Brian Percival


  • Geoffrey Rush
  • Emily Watson
  • Sophie Nélisse
  • Nico Liersch
  • Ben Schnetzer
  • Levin Liam
  • Barbara Auer
  • Roger Allam
  • Kirsten Block
  • Carina Wiese
  • Hildegard Schroedter
  • Sandra Nedeleff
  • Mike Maas


  • Karen Rosenfelt
  • Ken Blancato
  • Redmond Morris

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