Monday, January 13, 2014

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak, Sophie Nelisse, Gooffrey Rush, Emily Watson

The Book Thief

Director: Brian Percival

Writers: Markus Zusak (novel), Michael Petroni (adaptation)

Stars: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson

The Book Thief review: Read between the lines

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"The book by Australian writer Markus Zusak has sold 8 million copies. The writer's parents came to Australia as German migrants in the 1950s. Zusak's mother, Lisa, is German; his father, Helmut, Austrian. The heroine of this book is Liesel, who is 10 in 1939, as the book opens. Zusak, now 38, wrote the book in his late 20s. He has said his parents were very young during the war, but it is clear that the book is both a tribute to, and a reflection of, their experiences and memories, however richly reimagined. A labour of love, in fact."
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The Book Thief: Movie Review
"The Book Thief is an emotionally flat piece, despite the deliberately emotive ideas and the potential for manipulation. Yet, despite Nelisse's beautifully fragile yet confident tone, it never fires on any real level, leaving you lamenting how empty the pay off is as the horror hits home.

It's a shame because the attention to period detail is impressive and initially oppressive, but the maudlin tones of the film never really lift or give you the push to connect and care about these characters as childhood innocence and naivete are shattered asunder in an entirely bloodless Nazi Germany."

The Book Thief: Geoffrey Rush chats about his new film’s German setting
"Movie execs made the decision to shoot the Brian Percival directed film in the same location that Roman Polanski shot The Pianist and Quentin Tarantino filmed Inglourious Basterds – at the Babelsberg Film Studio in Germany. The area of Potsdam contains the oldest large-scale film studio in the world, and has been producing films since 1912. With directors such as Fritz Lang and Alfred Hitchcock on the books, the place holds great prestige. It’s also a good pull for tourists, who can take a behind the scenes look at the sets, make up studios and props department."

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