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‘The Book Thief’ Promo in New York Times Asks Us to Imagine a World Without Words

'The Book Thief' Promo in New York Times Asks Us to Imagine a World Without Words

Fox’s “The Book Thief” (November 15) grabbed some attention in Wednesday’s New York Times via a savvy promotion. For the first time in the history of the newspaper, two consecutive pages were blank, with just a listing for a website at the bottom of the second page. Check out images of the blank NYT pages, below.

The site leads to a message from child actress Sophie Nelisse (“Incendies”), who stars in “The Book Thief.” Says Nelisse, “Just for a moment, imagine what the world would be like without words.”

The film, also starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, is directed by Brian Percival (“Downton Abbey”). It’s adapted from Mark Zusak’s novel of the same title, which centers on a young girl taken in by foster parents in Nazi Germany during World War II. The book is narrated by Death. Watch the trailer here; our TOH! review out of the Mill Valley Film Festival is here.

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