The Lives of Others (DVD)

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In East Berlin in 1984, the secret police, known as the Stasi, are gaining more and more control, spying on German citizens, and recruiting thousands of them to spy on each other. Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Muhe) has been ordered to find something on playwright Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch), so he sets up a surveillance room and listens closely as Dreyman, his actress girlfriend, Christa-Marie Sieland (Martina Gedeck), and various suspected radical friends gather in their apartment. But when Wiesler discovers that culture minister Bruno Hempf (Thomas Thieme) cast suspicion on Dreyman only so he can have his way with Sieland, the master interrogator and torture teacher starts taking a long look at just what it all is about. THE LIVES OF OTHERS, cowritten and directed by first-timer Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, is a tense, compelling thriller about a critical time in German history. Muhe is mesmerizing as the complicated Wiesler, a loyal soldier until he learns too much. The wildly talented Koch is outstanding as Dreyman, a man with a lot to say but desperate to avoid the same fate as his mentor, theater director Albert Jerska (Volkmar Kleinert). Inspired by actual events and real characters, THE LIVES OF OTHERS was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007. Interestingly, during and after the filming of the movie, several of the actors (including Muhe) found out that they or their families had been victims of the Stasi--and in one case, the father of an actor (Charly Hubner) was revealed to have been a member of the Stasi himself.


Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0
UPC 043396170858
Studio Sony Pictures
Format DVD
Genre Drama/Foreign Video - German
Rating Unrated
Dimensions 5.5" x 0.5" x 7.5" WxHxD
Weight 0.2 lbs
Stars Mathias Brenner, Volkmar Kleinert, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme, Hans Uwe Bauer, Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Muehe, Sebastian Koch
Directors Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

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  • GDR as it was

    What a wonderful film! Ostalgie is getting knocked away. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, some parts of it may be too risque for some viewers though.

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  • A must see

    Long after you've watched this movie, you'll remember it. It is a truly remarkable portrayal of the human spirit and the longing for freedom we all have within us. The movie is in German, so there are English subtitles. I actually think this helped us follow the storyline more easily. I came away from watching it with a new appreciation for the freedoms we enjoy in our country; and a gratefulness to those who protect it. I have already recommended it to several friends.

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  • The Lives of Others

    Outstanding production. Excellent acting by everyone. Well edited, photographed. The ending was just unforgetable; to me, it was a tearjerker!

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  • Deserving of the Academy Award 2006

    Can you keep a secret? Can you keep a secret from the government? Can you keep it from the Stasi? An amazing film about the humanity of our personal lives told through the lens of the secret police of Eastern Germany. This film would be suitable for mature high school kids (nudity and violence) but serves as an important lesson for our rights to remain ourselves. Great performances where it could have easily been camp. Buy and watch without regret.

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