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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…
"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…
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...
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
I went into this film, from what I had read previously, expecting a bit of a political thriller. What I ended up getting was a beautifully bleak portrait of life in late cold war East Berlin. While this film can function as a dark drama, with focus of the duality of man and connection between human beings, I think if that was the main purpose the film falls short. However, the film succeeds as a portrayal of dark times and the way humanity overcomes them, or, in some cases, fails to. The characters aren't great and the story is a bit of the formulaic side, but the tone of the film, expressed mainly through a gray color palate and exceptionally…
Danke, danke, danke für dieses Meisterstück! The Lives of Others is many things. It is a wonderful film, full of emotions and poetry. It is an example that must be followed by modern cinema, because it is possible to craft a magnificent film without special effects, violence and banalities. It is the kind of film what captures your attention from the first moment, and keeps you interested the whole time.
It is absolutely stunning to witness the process of transformation of Wiesler's character: he goes from being the bad guy, a slave of the system and enemy of freedom, to becoming a hero, a saviour. But why does the change happen? Is it maybe because of the reading of Brecht's…
The outstanding script and performances is enough to call this a classic, but what I really found interesting was how it played with ideas of audience, art and reality. Maybe someone smarter than me should write an essay about that
Un buen hombre
A very good and detailed introspective into the life of people and politics in a personal scale during the separated Germanies, as well as a solid, quiet spy thriller and a character study.
Its a powerful, yet reserved film. The premise is that a East German captain is tasked with wiretapping a playwrights house. Through expert filmmaking, this film sets up the wire tapping premise as well as the characters motivations and development. What makes this a great movie is how a seemingly unreliable character transforms with minimal dialogue. The acting of Ulrich Mühe is phenomenal, giving the audience someone who is in the know to every situation. The movie explores themes of free speech, as well as the how inhuman it is to wire-tap. Overall, its an emotional movie that crafts an interesting historical tale.
Gerd Weisler is a captain in East Germany’s notorious secret police, the Stasi. The Lives of Others begins in 1984, an appropriate year, as Big Brother is keeping tabs on just about everyone. Weisler is tasked with bugging the Berlin apartment of the seemingly loyal playwright, Georg Dreyman and his actress girlfriend. Wiesler’s exposure to poetry, music and the lives of the artists he is spying on become the catalysts for a mysterious and profound moral transformation in his character. The Lives of Others, winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, has the subtlety, tension and intelligence of a John le Carré spy novel or of Coppola’s paranoiac audio surveillance film The Conversation. It is also a moving study of the possibility of change and the relationships between art, politics and morality.
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