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The Resource The reader, The Weinstein Company presents ; a Mirage Enterprises production ; a Neunte Babelsberg Film GmBH production ; directed by Stephen Daldry ; screenplay by David Hare ; produced by Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris, (videorecording)

The reader, The Weinstein Company presents ; a Mirage Enterprises production ; a Neunte Babelsberg Film GmBH production ; directed by Stephen Daldry ; screenplay by David Hare ; produced by Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris, (videorecording)

Label
The reader
Title
The reader
Statement of responsibility
The Weinstein Company presents ; a Mirage Enterprises production ; a Neunte Babelsberg Film GmBH production ; directed by Stephen Daldry ; screenplay by David Hare ; produced by Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris
Contributor
Actor
Screenwriter
Composer
Director
Producer
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
  • spa
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
  • Post-WWII, Germany. Michael Berg is a teenager who becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from different works of literature. Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life, only this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives
  • "What have we learned (and what might we have forgotten) from history's bloody backwash? Guilt, love, and history are three skeins, woven together to create human beings or, alternately, human monsters. The question of wartime culpability undergirds the May-December romance in postwar Berlin between Hanna, a weary-looking, sexually rapacious streetcar ticket-taker and Michael, a young schoolboy whom she seduces, ravenously and to his great delight. One day, Hanna is gone, with no explanation, and Michael grows into a promising young law student. His class attends a trial, where the new Germany judges the past and, by default, the lovers as well." -- Container
Awards note
Academy Awards 2009: Winner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Kate Winslet.
Cataloging source
TEFMT
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Directors of photography, Chris Menges, Roger Deakins ; production designer, Brigitte Broch ; editor, Claire Simpson ; music, Nico Muhly ; English novel translation by Carol Brown Janeway
Dewey number
791.4372
Intended audience
MPAA rating: Rated R for some scenes of sexuality and nudity
Language note
In English or dubbed French ; optional subtitles in Spanish ; optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
LC call number
PN1997.2
LC item number
.R43 2009
PerformerNote
Cast: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz, Karoline Herfurth, Linda Bassett, Hannah Herzsprung, Susanne Lothar, Volker Bruch, Matthias Habich
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1947-
  • 1934-2008
  • 1990-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Daldry, Stephen
  • Hare, David
  • Minghella, Anthony
  • Pollack, Sydney
  • Gigliotti, Donna
  • Morris, Redmond
  • Muhly, Nico
  • Winslet, Kate
  • Fiennes, Ralph
  • Kross, David
  • Olin, Lena
  • Ganz, Bruno
  • Schlink, Bernhard
  • Weinstein Company
  • Mirage Enterprises (Firm)
  • Neunte Babelsberg Film (Firm)
  • Weinstein Company Home Entertainment (Firm)
  • Genius Products, Inc
Runtime
124
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Schlink, Bernhard
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Paramours
  • May-December romances
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Oral reading
  • Law students
  • War crime trials
  • Relaciones hombre-mujer
  • Lectura oral
Target audience
adult
Technique
live action
Label
The reader, The Weinstein Company presents ; a Mirage Enterprises production ; a Neunte Babelsberg Film GmBH production ; directed by Stephen Daldry ; screenplay by David Hare ; produced by Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris, (videorecording)
Link
http://www.mrqe.com/movies/m100068119
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Originally produced as a motion picture in 2008
  • Based on the book "Der Vorleser" by Bernhard Schlink
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
quadrophonic multichannel or surround
Contents
Michael -- Chance meeting -- Flowers for Hanna -- First encounter -- Lessons in love -- Misunderstanding -- Odyssey -- Cycling holiday -- Sophie and Hanna -- Julia -- Law school -- Trial -- Truth about the guards -- Everyone knew -- Stutthof concentration camp -- No answers -- Piece of information -- Verdict -- Return to reading -- Lady with the little dog -- Reunited -- Hanna's release -- Forgiveness -- End credits
Control code
ocn299803252
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Widescreen version.
Extent
1 videodisc (124 min.)
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
  • 796019819572
  • 796019819589
  • 065935825661
Other physical details
sd., col.
Publisher number
1000397
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1112414
  • (OCoLC)299803252
System details
DVD, NTSC; Region 1; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround; widescreen presentation, preserving the aspect ratio of the original theatrical exhibition, 1.85:1, enhanced for widescreen televisions
Video recording format
DVD
Label
The reader, The Weinstein Company presents ; a Mirage Enterprises production ; a Neunte Babelsberg Film GmBH production ; directed by Stephen Daldry ; screenplay by David Hare ; produced by Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris, (videorecording)
Link
http://www.mrqe.com/movies/m100068119
Publication
Note
  • Originally produced as a motion picture in 2008
  • Based on the book "Der Vorleser" by Bernhard Schlink
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
quadrophonic multichannel or surround
Contents
Michael -- Chance meeting -- Flowers for Hanna -- First encounter -- Lessons in love -- Misunderstanding -- Odyssey -- Cycling holiday -- Sophie and Hanna -- Julia -- Law school -- Trial -- Truth about the guards -- Everyone knew -- Stutthof concentration camp -- No answers -- Piece of information -- Verdict -- Return to reading -- Lady with the little dog -- Reunited -- Hanna's release -- Forgiveness -- End credits
Control code
ocn299803252
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Widescreen version.
Extent
1 videodisc (124 min.)
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
  • 796019819572
  • 796019819589
  • 065935825661
Other physical details
sd., col.
Publisher number
1000397
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1112414
  • (OCoLC)299803252
System details
DVD, NTSC; Region 1; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround; widescreen presentation, preserving the aspect ratio of the original theatrical exhibition, 1.85:1, enhanced for widescreen televisions
Video recording format
DVD

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