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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…
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...
Perfectly cast, perfectly paced, perfectly set, perfectly intense, perfectly shot, perfect ending. In a nutshell, this is a perfect film.
It had been some years since I’d seen The Lives of Others, so I was happy for the chance to revisit a film that I recalled very fondly. It did not disappoint. It works so well on so many fronts. As a taut, psychological thriller. As an insightful historical account of the disturbing surveillance practices of the Stasi in East Germany. And, most powerfully, as a character portrait of the intelligence officer, Gerd Wiesler, the film’s protagonist. When we first meet Wiesler, he is lecturing a class of trainees on interrogation techniques. It is immediately clear that this is a man who is very, very good at his job; the archetypal bureaucrat in a totalitarian state, unquestioningly devoted to, and…
This was an amazing film that I would hold up to any Hollywood film that came out at the time. I have only recently begun challenging myself with foreign films, and have particularly stuck to older classics. I'm going to need to start looking at newer films after seeing this. Such a heartfelt tale that you can tell was important to the filmmakers. It's amazing how much Cold War era Germany and Russia felt like some sort of dystopian post-apocalyptic world. It must have been harrowing to live through if you didn't agree with the all knowing government. But still, The Lives of Others shows that people can change over time, even the most hardened individuals. Heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time, this film is simply a must see.
Didn't enjoy it completely.
Orginal Title: das leben der anderen.
Have watched this movie about 6 times.
Very good portait of the DDR, and the consequences of it.
Great acting by Muhle, Koch and Gedeck.
It's good, but it's a tough watch.
Similar to the communist witch hunts that alarmed American's in the 1950's, "The Lives Of Others" offers a riveting view of life behind the Berlin Wall. Director von Donnersmarck engages us in the life of a cold, dispassionate character that takes us on a journey that transforms him from detached observer to involved partisan. The film is careful to avoid overt melodrama, but at the same time, it engages the emotions. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the movie is the complexity and intelligence evident in the screenplay. The unique angle of the film is in itself unusual, a thriller that follows the villains.
It's 1984 in East Berlin, and Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Muhe) is a secret agent of…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Really enjoyed, amazing story line. Looks beautiful
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