There was a screening of Stephen Daldry’s The Reader, starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, last night and there was a hushed silence in the theater through the entire film, broken only by the sniffles of people crying towards the end. Though superficially about the Holocaust, The Reader is really about history, memory, dignity and reconciliation. The setting is Germany immediately after World War II. The performances are in equal parts touching and scorching. Harvey Weinstein — whose recent track record at the Weinstein Company has come into question — has come up with a clear winner… and quite likely another Academy Award-winner, too. The stars notwithstanding (Winslet is particularly appealing in the double-edged role of romantic lead and former Nazi death camp guard), it is newcomer David Kross, who plays Fiennes’ character as a teenager, who steals the show.