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The lives of others

Das Leben der Anderen
(DVD - 2007 - German)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The lives of others


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A 1984 East Berlin simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler, a Stasi officer and a specialist in surveillance, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman, a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland. Though Dreyman is known to associate with blacklisted director Albert Jerska, a known dissident, Dreyman's record is spotless. Wiesler discovers that Minister Hempf has an ulterior motive in spying on this seemingly upright citizen. Wiesler's sympathies shift from the government to its people--or at least to this one particular person.
Title: The lives of others
Das Leben der Anderen
[videorecording]
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, c2007
Edition: Anamorphic widescreen format (2.351)
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (137 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: eine film von Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ; eine Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion ; im Verleih der Buena Vista International ; in Coproduktion mit Bayerischer Rundfunk, Arte, Creado Film ; coproduzenten, Dirk Hamm, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ; produzenten, Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann ; buch und regie, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Notes: Title from container
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2006
"Sony Pictures Classics"--Container
Special features: optional audio commentary by Von Donnersmarck (in English); interview with Von Donnersmarck (in English, 30 min.); making-of featurette (in German with English subtitles, 19 min.); 7 deleted scenes, with optional audio commentary by Von Donnersmarck (in English)
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Summary: A 1984 East Berlin simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler, a Stasi officer and a specialist in surveillance, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman, a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland. Though Dreyman is known to associate with blacklisted director Albert Jerska, a known dissident, Dreyman's record is spotless. Wiesler discovers that Minister Hempf has an ulterior motive in spying on this seemingly upright citizen. Wiesler's sympathies shift from the government to its people--or at least to this one particular person.
Awards & Distinctions: Academy Awards, 2007: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Alternate Title: Leben der Anderen
ISBN: 1424837421
9781424837427
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign LIVES
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Report This Jan 09, 2014
  • brendancarlson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Spectacular film. If you've been abreast of the news, unfortunately it's still relevant even today.

Report This Sep 15, 2013
  • Emcee rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was a very powerful and gripping film. Probably the best foreign language film I've watched.The ending really shook me up. I highly recommend it.

Incredibly beautiful, tense, evocative film. It was interesting to watch the special features, they talk about very conscientiously matching the color palette of the film to the drab colors used in the design scheme of the DDR. Makes for a gorgeous work throughout.

Report This Aug 22, 2012
  • gemini07 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fabulous movie! Explores the dual dilemmas and struggles of those living in East Germany's police state. What I appreciated was the ability of the film to illustrate the struggles of both those who believe and those who don't. Intelligent movie with some great twists.

This movie brings back old memories of the paranoid lives behind the "Iron curtain". Though it also made me realise that such regimes still exist in many other parts of the world, So let's appreciate the freedoms we have. Anna

Report This Jul 26, 2012
  • Spiketheteacher rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I saw this movie when it came out, and it made a significant impression on me. It chillingly portrays the oppressiveness of the East German police state, its petty (minded) bureaucrats, and how deeply the society was infiltrated by intimidation and the use of informants. (Pay attention to a scene where agents enter the playwright's apartment and intimidate a witnessing neighbor into silence.) The state's actions have repercussions (some unforseen) for the playwright and those with whom he is connected. The violence is not so much physical in this film, but emotional. Highly recommended.

Report This May 29, 2012
  • _o_ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful at all levels. Highly recommended.

Report This May 09, 2012
  • booklover717 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent acting and very real story-line. I highly reccommend this movie!

Report This Oct 13, 2011
  • jlazcan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is just a great movie. It covers how the German secret police monitored East German citizens. It keeps you engaged and wanting more. There are surprising twists in the story. It covers a topic that I grew up hearing about, but never really understood. The movie shifts into the future and shows how individuals with so much power melt back into society.

Report This Aug 14, 2011
  • Jane_Sm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A chilling look into the darker side of life in East Germany. No romanticizing of the Berlin Wall here! At the same time a haunting reminder that human goodness can survive in even the most oppressive dictatorship.

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