The reader
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Published:
[New York, N.Y.] : Santa Monica, CA : The Weinstein Company Home Entertainment ;, [2009].
Format:
DVD
Edition:
DVD ed., MPAA rating: R; for some scenes of sexuality and nudity.
Physical Desc:
1 videodisc (DVD)(124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Rating:
MPAA rating: R; for some scenes of sexuality and nudity.
Status:
Buena Vista DVD Fiction
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Description
Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes star in The Hours director Stephen Daldry's haunting period drama concerning the relationship between a 15-year-old German boy and a mysterious woman twice his age, and the way that it grows doubly complex when the man reencounters the woman years later and discovers a shocking truth about her past. Based on author Bernhard Schlink's best-selling novel of the same name, the film opens on the character of Michael Berg (Ralph Fiennes) in middle age -- cold, remote, and emotionally withdrawn. It then moves back in time to 1950s Berlin, where ailing teenager Michael (now played by David Kross) has fallen ill with fever, and is discovered in the street by Hanna, a woman in her thirties. After Michael recovers, the two immediately lapse into a torrid affair and Michael falls prey to the confusion of his own burgeoning sexuality. Their liaisons are often marked by Hanna's request that Michael read to her (hence the title). Later, when Michael returns to Hanna's flat and finds it deserted, her absence becomes an emotional blow for which he is completely unprepared, and indeed, scarred for life. The film then moves forward in time by eight years. Michael -- now a law student -- walks into a courtroom and comes across Hanna, one of a series of Nazi prison guards being tried for murderous war crimes during World War II. As he watches her on the witness stand, memories of their past experiences together bring him to the point of realization concerning a startling, long-buried truth about Hanna -- and Michael knows that if he divulges this information, it could modify the prison sentence handed out and dramatically alter her fate. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Language:
English
UPC:
796019819572

Notes

General Note
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.
General Note
Based on the book "Der vorleser" by Bernhard Schlink.
General Note
Originally released as a motion picture in 2008.
General Note
Special features : deleted scenes ; Adapting a timeless masterpiece: making The reader ; A conversation with David Kross & Stephen Daldry ; Kate Winslet on the art of aging Hanna Schmitz ; A new voice: a look at composer Nico Muhly ; Coming to grips with the past: production designer Brigitte Broch ; theatrical trailer.
Creation/Production Credits
Directors of photography, Chris Menges, Roger Deakins ; production designer, Brigitte Broch ; editor, Claire Simpson ; music, Nico Muhly.
Participants/Performers
Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz.
Description
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.
Target Audience
MPAA rating: R; for some scenes of sexuality and nudity.
System Details
DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby Digital.
Language
English or French dialogue, Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

Daldry, S., Hare, D., Minghella, A., Pollack, S., Gigliotti, D., Morris, R., Winslet, K., Fiennes, R., Kross, D., Olin, L., Ganz, B., & Schlink, B. (2009). The reader. DVD ed. [New York, N.Y.] : Santa Monica, CA: The Weinstein Company Home Entertainment.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Stephen. Daldry et al.. 2009. The Reader. [New York, N.Y.] : Santa Monica, CA: The Weinstein Company Home Entertainment.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Stephen. Daldry et al., The Reader. [New York, N.Y.] : Santa Monica, CA: The Weinstein Company Home Entertainment, 2009.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Daldry, Stephen., et al. The Reader. DVD ed. [New York, N.Y.] : Santa Monica, CA: The Weinstein Company Home Entertainment, 2009. DVD.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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