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  • For Geoffrey Rush, 'The Book Thief' strikes the right balance

    For Geoffrey Rush, 'The Book Thief' strikes the right balance
    Taking Markus Zusak's novel to the big screen, "The Book Thief" shows audiences World War II in Germany through the eyes of 10-year-old Liesel (Sophie Nélisse), with Death personified as the narrator. It's an approach that suggests immediate contrasts and challenges, namely balancing the feel of the book with the facts of the matter. Speaking in Beverly Hills, 62-year-old Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, who plays Liesel's adoptive father, Hans, explained how he made sure that director Brian Percival had a plan to manage mixing humanity and history, tragedy and theater.
  • In dark 'The Book Thief,' Sophie Nélisse is a bright spot

    POTSDAM, Germany — Biting cold and a blue, blue April sky marked the day as perfect for a foot race. On the back lot of Babelsberg Film Studio here outside of the German capital, young actors Sophie Nélisse and Nico Liersch took their marks, got...

    'Book Thief's' warmheartedness clashes with its historical setting ★★

    'Book Thief's' warmheartedness clashes with its historical setting ★&#9733
    Adapted from the internationally popular book-club staple by Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief" tries so hard to warm our hearts amid grotesque suffering, it goes a bit mad under the strain. It relays an uplifting story that, ill-advisedly, is not so much...

    Review: 'The Book Thief' robs the truth from an evil time

    "The Book Thief," the handsome, inevitable adaptation of Markus Zusak's internationally bestselling novel, unfolds as a curiosity on the big screen. Centered on a war-afflicted girl who develops a passion for books, it features little discussion of...

    Film Review: 'The Book Thief'

    Markus Zusak's international bestseller "The Book Thief" has been brought to the screen with quiet effectiveness and scrupulous taste by director Brian Percival and writer Michael Petroni. This tale of Nazi Germany seen from a child's perspective...