The Book Thief

The Book Thief

DVD - 2014
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The profoundly moving story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany. Although Liesel is illiterate when she is adopted by a German couple, her adoptive father encourages her to learn to read. Ultimately, the power of words helps Liesel and Max, a Jew hiding in the family2s home, escape from the events unfolding around them.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2014]
Branch Call Number: BOOK THIEF
Boo
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 2.0
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1
1 videodisc (ca. 131 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 13, 2017

All in all I have to say it was a decent approach at recreating the stellar novel that we have all adored, and The Book Thief was a movie that made me cry even though I knew the storyline. I really wished that some of the characters were portrayed better though; like Liesel could have been a bit more mischievous in terms of her book stealing and childhood tactics. Rudy, Papa, Mama, and all the other characters are all in place and time with the setting and background of the story. It was a bit shortened, however, and some very meaningful and impactful small conversations and details were left out. In my opinion the small things make a big difference considering those were some moments that made me love the book even more (ex. When Papa brought eggs and said “they were out of shoes” to Mama). Concluding this review, I would say that this is a recommendation from me however if you really enjoyed and want more, read the book and you can appreciate the depth more. I cried and laughed during the film too, and in my opinion Papa was the best character portrayed in the movie.
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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trcookIIImddmd
Jun 24, 2017

What a heartbreaking film which clarifies the devastation wrought by the demon Hitler, and his abettors, the Nazis, who , like the demoncrats of this day feverishly worked to destroy everything good around them; sick, twisted, depraved, brutal, murderous, cowardly, contemptible human waste; wreaking havoc on decent people who just wished to live well and do the best possible in life.

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meggynbun
Jun 20, 2017

Fantastic movie! The actress that played Liesl did an amazing job and I was especially impressed with her German accent. The movie is right up there with the book.

This is essentially a fairytale. The actions of Liesel and Rudy defy credibility. The chances of the elderly couple and the heroine being able to hide a Jewish man on the run for months and months in a town where everyone knows everyone's business were zilch. Although innocent, admirable lives are lost (sorry about the spoiler), the movie manages to make the patient, if incredulous viewer feel good at the end. Having Death narrate parts of the story is a good touch.

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JakedaSnake
Apr 17, 2017

This movie was simply incredible! Everywhere from the well-developed characters, who are all so different yet so hard not to love, to the sometimes slow yet enchanting, inspirational, and beloved storyline, this movie captured my heart and may be my all time favorite! It's told from death's perspective which is just amazing and it gives it very strong, memorable beginning and ends.
Yes, sometimes it was slow (which I really don't mind at all as a general rule) and very sad (which I don't mind either), it was still very real!
I'm a writer, and this movie inspired me on a whole new level!

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chetanka
Mar 25, 2017

Just a beautiful film!

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QnVz
Jan 17, 2017

Amazing job in character development and portrayal. Deeply moved and amazed at the insightfulness of the directing and acting of the complex storyline. Wow!!!

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akirakato
Jan 05, 2017

This is a 2013 American-German war-time drama directed by Brian Percival, based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Markus Zusak.
A young girl living with her adoptive German family goes through hard times during the Nazi era.
Taught to read by her kind-hearted foster father, the girl begins "borrowing" books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee being sheltered by her foster parents in their home.
It is a well-crafted story that focuses on the consistent thread of humanity.
Superb is the performance of Sophie Nélisse as Liesel Meminger, the titular "book thief."
With incredible acting and a gripping, heart-warming yet chilling story, this is one of the best war-time movies.
A warmth of humanity will probably nestle in your mind long after the end of the film.

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starbuck17
Oct 10, 2016

One cannot compare this to the book, which is a treasure in itself. There is no way that the writing, the narrator, the visuals, etc., could be translated into a movie. I did really enjoy this film, though, but only as a totally different entity than the book.

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ScorchingSun
Sep 29, 2016

Extra ordinary!
Magical, enchanting and deeply moving. An amazing fairy tale pierced by a vicious dark streak.

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ukellyle
Mar 05, 2015

"Sometimes when life robs you, you need to rob it back." -Liesel

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jimg2000
May 29, 2014

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.

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jimg2000
May 29, 2014

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.
Only peace.
The only truth I truly know...
is that I am haunted by humans.

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jimg2000
May 29, 2014

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.

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jimg2000
May 29, 2014

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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Madlock11
May 26, 2014

I am haunted by humans

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ukellyle
Mar 05, 2015

Violence: A lot of violence. Blood, death, bombs, and more.

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Saint_Mirin
Jul 28, 2014

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.

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Saint_Mirin
Jul 28, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Set in the backdrop of the Holocaust. Nazi's patrolling door to door and accosting children and others.

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Saint_Mirin
Jul 28, 2014

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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JihadiConservative
Jul 25, 2014

Other: Nothing bad. Some beatings and a sad ending.

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