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WATCH: Director Brian Percival Talks 'The Book Thief' for NY Times Anatomy of a Scene

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 7, 2013 at 11:57AM

This week's New York Times Anatomy of a Scene video feature talks with director Brian Percival ("Downton Abbey") as he explains a scene from "The Book Thief" (November 8). In the scene, young Liesl (played by Sophie Nelisse) has just witnessed a book burning, and must come to terms with the true intent of the Nazis who have taken over her German village. Watch below.
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Sophie Nelisse in "The Book Thief"
Sophie Nelisse in "The Book Thief"

This week's New York Times Anatomy of a Scene video feature talks with director Brian Percival ("Downton Abbey") as he explains a scene from "The Book Thief" (November 8). In the scene, young Liesl (played by Sophie Nelisse of "Incendies") has just witnessed a book burning, and must come to terms with the true intent of the Nazis who have taken over her German village. Watch below.

Percival describes how he and his production team achieved the effect of Liesl carrying a red-hot book, stolen from the burning pile, under her jacket. They used a remote control smoke machine, hidden under Nelisse's coat, which would emit little puffs of smoke every few seconds. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.