The next screening after the semester break will be this week’s film which had to be canceled. It is a Hollywood movie based on an award-winning novel by German author Bernhard Schlink
DER VORLESER – THE READER
(2008, 123 min, dir. Stephen Daldray, starring Kate Winslet, Bruno Ganz, English with German subtitles)
DATE: 3 October
TIME: 5.00 p.m.
VENUE: Howard College, MTB West Wing, 1st floor, German Progr., Media Room F251
How far would you go to protect a secret? THE READER opens in WWII Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from jaundice 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 “The Odyssey,” “Huck Finn” and “The Lady with the Little Dog.” 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 – 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. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation… (www.imdb.com)
THE READER is an adaptation of Der Vorleser, a partly autobiographical novel by Bernhard Schlink, a German law professor and judge. Since it’s original German publication in 1995 and then English translation in 1997, it has won multiple awards and become a best seller. This film adaptation is aware of its distinguished literary background and the serious acting, serious Philip Glass inspired score and serious cinematography all insist that THE READER is an important film. In the hands of less capable filmmakers it could have been excruciating but as they demonstrated when they collaborated on The Hours, director Stephen Daldry and screenplay writer David Hare are more than capable of making such a text accessible to wider audiences. The Reader is not a cold academic exercise but a deeply moving film.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Dr. Marion Pape
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Language, Literature & Linguistics
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