Past Meetup

The Rex Cinema in Berkhamsted. "The Book Thief"

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For those of you who haven't been to the Rex in Berkhamsted, it is a stunning Art Deco cinema, lovingly restored and reopened in 2004 with a huge local effort.

Even if you are not sure about the film, the cinema is worth the visit on its own.

Most films sell out here so you will need to be quick.

There are caberet seats at the front of the cinema with tables and a bar serving coffee, alcohol and snacks. Tickets for the caberet area at the front and we have 8 reserved.

Charge is £12.50 (£10.00 for the ticket and £2.50 towards admin, paypal fees, queuing in the rain for an hour, coffee and snacks)

Tables 15 and 18 booked.

If demand is high, please put yourself on the waiting list and I will see if we can get some more tickets nearer the time.

We can go to Gatsbys for a drink afterwards.

Due to the number restrictions you will need to pay via Paypal when you RSVP.

Review from Rex site

2014, Cert 12A, 131 mins

Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary spirited young girl, Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nelisse) sent to live with a foster family, the Hubermanns, in WWII Germany.

Liesel turns out to be illiterate and the kindly Hans Hubermann (Geoffrey Rush) and his cranky-with-a-heart-of-gold wife Rosa (Emily Watson) not only teach her to read, but turn their basement walls into blackboards covered with words from her studies.

As time passes and wartime privations grow worse, their domestic situation turns downright dangerous with the arrival of Max Vandenburg (Ben Schnetzer), the fugitive son of a Jewish comrade who saved Hans’ life during WWI. Honour-bound to hide the young man from the authorities, the family nurse him back to health from serious illness and Max eventually bonds with the fascinated Liesel. She’s sworn to tell no-one of his presence, not even best-friend neighbour Rudy (Nico Liersch), though several times the secret comes fearfully close to exposure.

The Book Thief is a heart-breaking re-telling of the oft-told tale: the Holocaust was a time of unimaginable horror, but even during the worst moments of man’s inhumanity to man, there were good people around who adopted the children of Communists and sheltered Jews in their basements.

“This is Rush’s warmest performance and one of his best”. San Francisco Chronicle

“Brian Percival delivers a quietly effective and engaging adaptation of Markus Zusak’s WWII-set novel.” Variety

Review by Jane Clucas