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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…
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…
Perfectly cast, perfectly paced, perfectly set, perfectly intense, perfectly shot, perfect ending. In a nutshell, this is a perfect film.
The Lives of Others is a film that is praised in part to it displaying the unspeakable times of East Germany under the iron fist of the Stasi. Through this setting, the film shows how the communistic government created a society that could only conform to their orders. It’s a story of finding yourself amongst a world of clones and the effect love has on people to unshackle their bounds to the nefarious controllers.
Ulrich Mühe plays Wiesler, a Stasi official assigned to observe every detail in a successful playwright’s life (Dreyman). Wiesler is a man that has nothing but his job; his job has made him simply another gear in the system. His face is expressionless and his eyes…
Alemania Oriental, vigilada, reprimida, sofocada. El escritor Sebastian Koch, un hombre leal a sus principios, rodeado de artistas e intelectuales, vigilado por la Stasi, gracias a su bella mujer y los suspiros que esta le arranca a un alto mando de dicha organización.
La Stasi, representada por un hombre gris, solitario, experto en arrancar la verdad sin medir recursos o esfuerzos. Gerd Wiesler, sin embargo, de ser ese hombrecillo robotizado y vacío, re-conoce la vida a través JUSTAMENTE de los desencuentros y reencuentros de ...la vida de los otros, jos.
I really enjoyed the Lives of others. Taking place in east germany just a few years before the fall of the soviet union, the first thing I noted about this movie was the role technology has in maintaining a totalitarian regime. The ability for anyone to know everything about a specific person is terrifying and I think this movie illustrates how those who are in power have the ability to abuse that power and completely ruin someones life.
The lives of others had a couple of really interesting independent story arcs that all end up at the same place in a really emotional way. Weisler for example in the very first film and really throughout comes across as cold, calculated…
I really enjoyed this film. I like a good story, but what I love more is that it is portrayed in film well. I loved the change we see in the Stasi man, Wiesler. It was amazing to me how at the beginning of the film we see Wiesler refer to his "cases" by a number such as 227. This is a way of dehumanizing the people he would interrogate and break for information. I thought it was very ironic this man taught classes about how people are liars and they can never change. Wiesler is portrayed as an emotional void that couldnt have any kind of real interaction with people. almost like a silhouette or a shell of a…
"The Lives of Others" (2006) is a German film written and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and set in 1984 communist East Germany. A successful playwright (Georg Dreyman) and his lover (Christa-Maria Sieland) draw the attention of the Minister of Culture and fall under the surveillance of the secret police. The Minister of Culture has become sexually attracted to the popular stage actress Christa, he begins having a secretive affair with her, and he assigns Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler to spy on the couple so he may know more about them. He wants to discredit Dreyman and destroy their relationship.
From the very opening scenes of the film, the director begins to develop the character of agent Wiesler. He…
The Lives of Others takes us back in time to the fall of The Berlin Wall. It takes place about 5 years before the fall. It takes us through the investigation/spying on writer Georg Dreyman, and his girlfriend who is an actor Christa-Maria Sieland. This movie left me surprised in different events of the movie.
In the beginning of the movie we see a stasi officer, Weisler, in a very intense interrogation. He does not cut anyone a break, or slack. He keeps going for hours until the man finally confesses. My impression of him is that he takes his job serious, and will not cut anyone a break. The film then takes us to a classroom setting of students…
Starts out in 1984 east Germany, where Gerd Wiesler, a Captain in the German Ministry for State Security(also known as a STASI), is told to observe a man named Georg Dreyman. The ministry has suspicion to believe Georg is not as loyal as he may seem. While Gerd takes shifts with another co-worker watching Georg go through his daily routines, he soon finds out that Georg's actress girlfriend Christa-Maria has been cheating on him with Minister Hempf. Hempf has been blackmailing Christa-Maria promising to prolong her career as long as she gives herself to him. Gerd starts to feel sympathy towards the couple and decides to help cover up certain things he hears under surveillance. The first hour or so…
The Lives of Others was a very powerful film to think about. When we think of our own lives we think of privacy as one of the most important things in and in this case we see how that was literally ripped apart during this time. So many issues of people working against the government and trying to create problems ripped the two republics apart in Germany. As you watch the events unfold in the movie you see them trying to humanize the STASI in some way as we travel this path with Gerd.
When the film opens you are immediately taken off guard by the flipping back and forth between a very intense interrogation and a calm classroom setting.…
What usually makes a great movie to me is a strong story and good story telling. This movie had both of those going for it. I do not think you can have those strong story elements without also having interesting characters that you can also feel for, and that is something else this film had.
The film takes place in East Germany during the early 1980's before the fall of the Berlin Wall. One of the main characters is the most interesting, and that is the Stasi officer Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler. The humanizing of this character is one of the best parts of the film. Stasi officers from what I understand were extremely cold and known for simply haling people…
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