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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.
So quietly brilliant.
The second half was definitely better than the first. An alright film, but I didn't think it was particularly special.
Well made and engaging with a lot of relevant subtext. Great performances, good writing and beautiful music.
In East Germany the secret police known as the Stasi would spy on everyone, from actual enemies to political foes and even innocent people who did nothing. In the wake of the NSA revelations this German film is as relevant to an American Audience as any other. A great movie with an unexpected twist.
A hauntingly good film. Lead German actor is amazing.
Gets me every time.
A convinced Socialist and idealistic Stasi officer begins to surveil a couple, and what he hears begins to melt his icy heart.
Very well done, with a nice, light touch at the end. Recommended.
I didn't like it at first, but after the second half of the movie I was completely involved.
Quietly devastating. East German secret police agent Gerd Wiesler is very good at his job, doing what is asked of him without questioning why and to what purpose. One night he's invited out to see a play, where he watches from afar the handsome, successful playwright and his beautiful, talented girlfriend. Does jealousy and longing stir within Wiesler? He's then asked to spy on the playwright, Dreyman, to make sure, as he's told, that he's not involved in any subversive activities. With surprising ease, Dreyman's apartment is soon totally bugged and Wiesler is ensconced above, listening and listening, quiet as can be, recording the minutiae of another person's intimate life for his superiors. Wiesler observes the couple party, meet with…
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