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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...
This film captures the bleakness of East German life through the eyes of a Stasi officer. Genuinely emotional and heartbreaking, I sometimes found the score repetitive and the drama a bit overdone at a few moments. Beautiful otherwise.
This is probably the most widely-praised film I'd never seen (except Fury Road, but that only came out about eight minutes ago), so I thought I better finally get around to it.
It’s a brilliant story, brilliantly told, in which a security service operative (Ulrich Mühe) in mid-'80s East Germany is asked to spy on a renowned playwright (Sebastian Koch) - apparently loyal to the communist state - and finds his blind loyalty to his paymasters severely tested. While it could look a little more dynamic, possessing a glossy TV-movie appearance at odds with the chilly subject matter, and has a little flabbiness around the middle, there's little else to quibble with in this Tinker-Tailor-with-a-Stasi-spin, which is emotionally complex, increasingly…
It was amazing. The ending was perfect.
The fiction-based-on-fact premise of this plot is spine-chilling. I learned vaguely about the Stasi in school at some point, but I had no idea that the citizen to Stasi informer ratio was so ridiculously close. Totalitarian society is just an entertaining movie idea for something like 'The Hunger Games' for many of us in democratic countries, and I think films like this are really important to remind us that these governments were and still are very real and VERY terrifying.
Sidenote - why did the government need to record how many pairs of shoes each GDR citizen owned? Why is that important. I don't even know how many pairs of shoes I own.
Unfortunately, I found the story itself a…
"too clean" but really useful if you can't imagine/have never heard of living in the DDR
A belief which makes a life worth. Someone who makes other to live his own life.
one of my favourite movies of all time. it's deeply moving, and has a unique storyline and cinematography. it also has one of the best endings of all time. I'm a big fan of Florian, and this movie is even more memorable to me following the untimely death of Ulrich Muhe before the film could win its awards. Martina Gedeck is also wonderful in it, and i suppose because of that, i usually watch this movie with the Baader Meinhof Complex. overall, a pretty perfect film.
the perfect ending scene IMO
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