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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…
This is the type of film that American studios would produce in the 70's. Now it's just fucking bullshit.
“The Lives of Others” is one of the most compelling films to come out of Germany in the 21st Century, a simple but beautifully told story of life within, and under the Stasi’s control of East Germany at the end of the Cold War. Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, “The Lives of Others” serves as not only a powerful portrait of history, but a powerfully intimate story of privacy and sacrifice.
Unlike so many Cold War historical films that concern themselves with trying to capture the political struggles and zeitgeist of the times, “The Lives of Others” focuses only on the small and personal lives of the people within the great machinery of East German society. It’s the story…
I saw this film before, but couldn't remember much.
Maybe I slept the last time, because I certainly cannot understand, why this isn't burned in my Retina.
From spy to savior,
from friend who's foe,
from love for their cause and hate for the regime,
from freedom movement to suppresser incarcerating,
this movie displays one of the most depressing times in our Country, a testament of over 40 Years of after pains from the War.
"The lives of others" (in Deutschland: "Das Leben der Anderen") spielt gegen 1985 in der DDR und handelt vom Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler, der den Theaterschriftsteller Georg Dreymann überwacht.
Über den Film kann ich selber nicht viel schreiben, da ich nicht zu viel über die Handlung verraten möchte und es auch nicht viel zum Film zu sagen gibt, außer dass er in allen Aspekten sehr gut ist und seinen Oscar in der Kategorie "Bester Fremdsprachiger Film" wirklich verdient hat.
Schade das Ulrich Mühe schon von uns gegangen ist.
This is a German film with subtitles. A student recommended it to me, and it's very good. Perhaps, at this point in the American history, I didn't need to see a movie about the metastasizing of an authoritarian central government, but there you go. (ha!)
The beginning is incredible. In fact, much of Lives of Others is 4 bill-stars. It's gripping and tense as we see East Germany's communist leaders and apparatus terrorize the populace. The back story of a successful writer and his (incredibly hot) actress girlfriend is good as well. Some of the characters are poorly-drawn caricatures, but the acting of the lead performers is excellent and believable.
Alas, the movie sort of tapers off, and I didn't…
Easily one of the better non-english movies I've seen.
I enjoyed it for its look into a world I never really knew I wanted to see on screen but I couldn't help feel cheated by the sentimentality of the score towards the end which kind of diminished this movie in my eyes.
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