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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…
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...
Das Leben Der Anderen (The Lives Of Others) an Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film category (and I believe it deserved it).
Films like 'The Lives of Others' make me love watching movies. It has great influence of its own in portraying how powerful agencies could be who (they) penetrate deep into anyone's life. The Character of 'Wiesler' (played by late Ulrich Muhe) who becomes subtle in his managing the surveillance of 'George Dreyman' (played by Sebastian Kotch). Wiesler's way of learning the facts behind any issue and eventually covering Dreyman's all suspicious moves, is indeed worth what Dreyman at the end did for him. Even Wiesler might have felt that he was due paid.
Das Leben der Anderen
Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe ) is an experienced officer in the Stasi, who is to investigate the life of playwright Georg Dreymann (Sebastian Koch). Dreymann is much feted by East German politicians, but his girlfriend Christa-Maria (Martina Gedeck) has been forced into an affair with the Minister of Culture (Thomas Thieme) who wants Dreymann out of the way. As Wiesler listens in to Dreymann's bugged apartment events spiral out of control for all of them in ways that will change their lives forever.
One of the best films ever made, this thoroughly deserved to win its Best Foreign Language Film of the Year oscar, and should have been nominated as Best Motion Picture of the Year too. The cast play their roles superbly and the whole film is a work of near perfection which brings a scary bit of modern history to life on our screens.
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Really enjoyed this one, always glad to see films about eras of history that are rarely discussed.
A touchingly melancholy examination of the cold war.
Intelligent, quiet, and surprisingly warm, this subtle and perfectly-acted story of people somehow being human in a system designed to eliminate humanity is, in the way of most of the best stories, both tragic and uplifting. People cannot be counted upon to be good, but this film shows that they also cannot be counted upon to be awful, and that really is something remarkable. Also: "No, it's for me."
Jeg husker denne film som en skuffende oplevelse. Dette kan imidlertid skyldes, at jeg så filmen med tyske undertekster i undervisnings øjemed, og at jeg forstod for lidt af handlingen. Formentligt vil filmen score en højere karakter ved gensyn, så ja, lad ikke denne anmeldelse og karaktergivning skræmme dig væk fra filmen. For mig er den dog foreløbig en "meh"-oplevelse...
Bought this after only having watched it once a few years ago. Knew it'd be a 5/5, and was pleased to find it lived up to it on my rewatch. Basically, German Kevin Spacey is a Stasi officer for East Germany in charge of surveillance of a writer and writer's actress girlfriend.
Un thriller cocinado a fuego lento que retrata de una manera sutil y conmovedora la labor de un espía de la Stasi durante los últimos años de la RDA. Además tiene la gran virtud de ser una de las mejores películas que hayan visto la luz del continente europeo por encima de todo por su guión impecable y sus soberbias actuaciones. Una de las mejores películas de los últimos años que dejará huella en lo más hondo de quien la disfrute.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!