“The Book Thief” is a 2013 American-German war drama film directed by Brian Percival and starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse. The film is based on the 2005 novel The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and adapted by Michael Petroni. The film is about a young girl living with her adoptive German family during the Nazi era. Taught to read by her kind-hearted foster father, the girl begins “borrowing” books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee being sheltered by her foster parents in their home. The film features a musical score by Oscar-winning composer John Williams.

“The Book Thief” received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for its score. For her performance in the film, Sophie Nélisse won the Hollywood Film Festival Spotlight Award, the Satellite Newcomer Award, and the Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Female. It won Best Instrumental Album at the 57th Grammy Awards. Τhe soundtrack album containing the score was released by Sony Classical.”The Book Thief” marked the first time since 2005 that Williams has scored a film not directed by Steven Spielberg.

In the following video, watch John Williams talking about “The Book Thief” and his music, the musical themes of the score and his approach about writing music for films in general. In his words, you’ll find a very interesting view about how a composer can create unique musical identities for films. If only, every composer working in films nowadays had the same approach in film scoring!

John Williams on “The Book Thief”:


– with info takenfrom wikipedia.