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The Lives of Others
Before the Fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's Secret Police Listened to Your Secrets.
A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the system.
"An innocent prisoner will become more angry by the hour due to the injustice suffered. He will shout and rage. A guilty prisoner becomes more calm and quiet. Or he cries. He knows he's there for a reason. The best way to establish guilt or innocence is non-stop interrogation."
The 2007 winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film is the German thriller The Lives of Others directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The film follows the professional and private life of Gerd Wiesler an agent for the East German security service, who becomes too involved with his subjects during a surveillance operation. His mission is eventually complicated because of his obsession with the subject's lives, which leads him…
Remake idea: The Lives of Otters. Same film but the cast are otters.
Whilst watching this film I cannot get around the incredible display of film-making skills on display here. Everything is handled with such attention to detail and respect it is simply awe inspiring.
Now it is too easy to attribute this to the Deutsche Gründlichkeit (the German knack for detail and thoroughness), so I won't and I'll say that the strength here stems from respect. Respect for a troubled period in a nation's history.
It is a no-holds barred account of a time where art, freedom and individuality were seen as criminal. And within this all we see the change of one man, a man who listens, spies and judges. The life he has and the life he eventually wants are…
Damn, what a way to start this challenge.
The Lives of Others is a slow burn political thriller/drama that takes place in Germany during the time of the Berlin Wall. A country was divided by harsh political ideals and strictly governed people. Inside the highly restricted East Germany we are introduced to a playwright and his starlet girlfriend. The man and woman are the artistic and intellectual type. They are loyal communists but they begin to question the growing hostility of the government and they start to show that they might not fully agree with the system they are a part of. They question their system yet…
Winner of Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, The Lives of Others has a very serene ambience when compared to other entries in the spy genre which are usually filled with chases, action or violence for this German drama tries to paint an authentic portrait of life in East Germany and is a silent observation of human nature.
Set in 1980s East Germany, the story of The Lives of Others (also known as Das Leben der Anderen) focuses on the monitoring of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi; the secret police, and concerns an agent who's tasked to conduct a surveillance on a writer & his lover, but over the course of his duty ends up becoming too infatuated…
The Lives of Others is a masterfully plotted historical and fictional drama that never bores its audience with mediocre side plots that add nothing of substance. Instead, it intricately examines a Stasi investigator's own humanity, and suggests some rays of hope still shone on their own in the dark recesses of East Berlin. Hauptmann Wiesler is assigned to eavesdrop on a suspected opposer of the state's political party, yet he slowly shows more and more humanistic tendencies, and forms a strange protective fascination of this couple's lives. Like Valkyrie displayed an uprising within a gestating dictatorship, Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck genuinely displays a social revolution in the making. Berlin is still separated by the Wall, but Germany's finest minds…
I get more and more out of this movie every time I watch it. I genuinely love showing it to my friends bc they all go into it reluctant and end up loving it. Also, I 💜 Ulrich.
Through the power of art, a Stasi begins to abandon his socialist ideology. The restricted color scheme of earth tones visually represents the muddiness of Wiesler's situation; does he remain loyal to the Party, or allow his target to speak against the state? Gender politics are also interesting. The lead woman is used for male gratification (through groping or massages), yet, she also plays the betrayal trope. Not as thrilling as one would expect, but a good watch overall.
applause, applause, applause
I had seen this previous to last night when my Foreign Films class watched these but wow! a knockout film the possibly everybody should see once in their life if not more. The Lives of Others resonates to the deepest core of how we care about and learn about the people around us who don't know we're watching. The late Ulrich Mühe gives a powerful performance as an East German Statsi member, asked to listen in on a suspected anti-Communist playwright. As the film progresses, so does Mühe's character's relationship toward the playwright and his girlfriend. Indeed, the title comes alive as he gets into, the lives of others. Gripping and haunting until the very end, it's a great piece of art.
Clever but the reveal seems flawed...
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's feature-lenght directorial debut THE LIVES OF OTHERS is one of new international cinema's most human film. The film follows the events of 1980s East Germany where the GDR's secret police, the Stasi, invoke constant secret surveillance on East German artists, writers, and political activist. Ulrich Mühe's brilliant portrayal of Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler, surely backs up the countless awards the films won.
One of those rare films that seems to encapsulate an entire place and era. Perhaps a little too long, but very compelling, and with great performance from Ulrich Mühe.
Masterful. No more can, or should be said.
Captivating and moving story. Loved watching all the stories weave together and I felt like I was a babysitter again. Opening cupboards at other people's houses--getting to know them in a way many might not. What they eat and read. The perfume they wear. The acting was good too. I could start commenting on Berlin and politics---for now, I will just leave it at that.
April Scavenger Hunt | Film #21, Task #3
A film widely considered one of the greatest of all time, which you have been putting off.
This film matches the task exactly. I knew this was going to be a great film but I never got around to watching it. I thought I wasn't going to enjoy it. Now that I've seen it, I'm glad to say it is indeed a great film. It is a thrilling story and it got me hooked from the start. I was amazed at the way things must have been in those days, when nearly every house was bugged and everyone was possibly a traitor or secret policeman. How did people become like that? Stunning. This film shows what that time must have been like for lots of people. If you, like me, have been putting this film off for whatever reason, I suggest you go and watch it. Highly recommended.
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…