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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.
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…
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…
The Lives of Others is one of those films that has been on my radar forever, but I've kept putting it off for no reason in particular. I tried to watch it several years ago, but the copy I got from my local video store was damaged and they only had one copy. I noticed it on my massive Netflix DVD queue the other day and decided to move it to the top so I could finally check it off the list. It's a film that reminded me quite a bit of Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation. I'm not sure if director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck took any inspiration from that film, but the stories definitely share similarities. I won't…
There was a stinging irony that followed the defeat of Hitler, a bitter pill that half of Germany were forced to swallow for over forty years. The decision made at the Yalta conference to divide the country only served to precipitate the Cold War between powers increasingly suspicious of each others motives, leaving millions to live in fear and trepidation once more.
The Lives of Others takes us back to that repressive state of mind with clear cut accuracy, a time in modern history that now enhances admiration for a country able to rebuild its identity with such vigour. Whilst many of us construct theories concerning Big Brother watching over our every move, monitoring cameras, tracking our online activity and…
"To think that people like you ruled a country"
This is a stunning debut in which the director creates an atmosphere which made me think that this really was 1984!!! it has excellent performances aided by some beautiful western classical music at the right moments...in certain aspects it reminded me of Harry Caul...
This winner of the Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards is a powerful look at lives crumbling and resurrected under a strict regime...
Perfectly cast, perfectly paced, perfectly set, perfectly intense, perfectly shot, perfect ending. In a nutshell, this is a perfect film.
Wir leben ohne hoffnung ..
Brilliantly directed and more chilling than ever taking into account modern surveillance that is taken for granted.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Before the fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade, the populace of the mid-1980's Germany was under constant surveillance from the secret police, or Stasi.
They had complete power to monitor the private lives of any citizen they suspected of Western leanings, or of rabble-rousing against the suffocating pall of paranoia and depression their constant arrests and detentions instilled in the people. One such surveillance specialist is Gerd Weisler (the late Ulrich Mühe, who tragically passed away from cancer shortly after production wrapped), who is assigned to keep tabs on popular playwright Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch). Weisler, a solitary, lonely sort who only seems enthused about his work, doesn't ask questions, he merely bugs every inch…
I knew that it sucked in East Germany during those years. But to view the drab clothes, buildings, cars, and the stifling government, really made an impact on me. Perfect atmosphere and acting. Very engaging film. Highly recommended. Voted into my "top" films!
The Lives of Others is a subtle yet impressive spy film.
This isn't your typical escapist stuff, with exploding ballpoint pens and laser-equipped wristwatches. It also isn't The Spy Who Came in From the Cold... but it is closer to that sort of grim realism.
The Lives of Others is primarily about two men: Captain Wiesler of the Stasi (East German Secret Police), who does the surveillance; and playwright Georg Dreyman, who is suspected of having anti-East German views in 1984. There is a complex web of intrigue, desire, and lies that draws other characters into the fray, most notably Dreyman's actress girlfriend Christa.
Though the acting is impeccable, it is the carefully woven story - composed of several fascinating…
A quietly compelling and important film which, sadly, just seems to get more relevant each year.
Given events currently happening around the world (NSA/Snowden, North Korea, Charlie Hebdo etc) this film helps to re-enforce the notion of how important freedom of expression is.
To quote Stonewall: "people perform better when they can be themselves".
Je Suis Charlie.
This is hands down the best acting performance I've ever seen. Everything about this film touched me deeply, as well as it being about a subject that is truly fascinating. As someone who is interested in editing, this film editor was definitely on the ball. I will applaud this film for the rest of my life. It is truly spectacular.
Ulrich Mühe gives an incredible performance as a member of the secret police as he tails a playwright who he suspects is working against the communist government of East Germany. His understated, subtle character development is at once readily apparent and deceivingly subtle.
The film does not shy away from showing the dreadful state of affairs found east of the Berlin Wall. An absolute must-see for history buffs and lovers of gripping cinema.
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