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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.
Sometimes you delay a movie more and more and in one day when the time come up to see it you'll say to your self " why i delayed this movie , I can telling you people that movie was great in story and soundtrack and direct the movie was perfect for me , I bad in english I can't explain more . you have to see the one of greatest movie made in germany.
Even though I always hope for an excellent experience whenever I watch a new movie, especially acclaimed German movies underwhelm or even create a deep sense of disappointment on a regular basis. I would not go as far and say that our movie culture was utterly disgraceful, but I have not experienced anything modern that was on a par with top tier international films. “The Lives of Others” is at least a first step in the right direction, but still, there is the wonderful spark missing, which makes other movies so unique. This spark is what I usually expect from an IMDB Top 250 with particularly good reviews.
The subject being dealt with possess concrete sensible historical roots to be…
I think PAN'S LABRYINTH deserved the Oscar for best foreign film instead of this, but I can understand why this German film got it.
It’s a pretty damn solid drama. Set in the communist East Germany of 1982, the story follows a 'Stasi', a state police intelligence officer who poaches any citizen that stands against their regime. His target is a playwright, and so he sets to work bugging his home. This is where comparisons to THE CONVERSATION come into play. But this film is more concerned with the politics than the actual exploration of sound as a technology.
An actress lives with the playwright (the lady with the earpiece in THE GOOD SHEPHERD), and so the Stasi listens to…
Lo dije de Bárbara y lo digo aquí multiplicado por diez: me produce una envidia infinita cómo los alemanes encaran su Historia y con qué sinceridad y sutileza saben ponerla en imágenes.
I need a second viewing, because though the first one really made me ponder about how and what fascinating character development it has, I didn't fully grasp it well enough.
After watching and reviewing a film from Eastern Germany's state run film industry, I decided that I should take in some other perspectives of the GDR. When it comes to the GDR/DDR, there are two films that people tend to remember - the bittersweet reunification comedy Goodbye Lenin! and The Lives of Others.
The film details the life of Wiesler, a Stasi (state police) agent, who spends his life carefully monitoring the population for the merest hint of resistance. Wiesler is a grey, quiet man, who has effectively suppressed both his personality and his emotions. He is the perfect agent, but he is also a shell of a human being, so bereft of his own life that he is forced…
A perfectly-paced, fine-tuned, emotional piece with an ending that made me both crack a smile and shed a tear. Satisfying and wonderful.
*furiously unscrews lightswitch covers*
Great movies instill a viewer with a sense of wonder. "The Lives of Others" ended with me feeling a stone in my stomach: an awful sense of curiosity and paranoia, a sign of success in my book.
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