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The Lives of Others

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"Excellent movie.."
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Very good movie. Very very good.

"great movie"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Well worth watching. A true to life story of living in East Germany prior to the fall of the Berlin wall when you trusted nobody. A great insight into human behaviour and emotions while living in a Police controlled state.Even sub titles donot detract from this movie.

"Quite simply, one of the best films ever made"
5 stars"

I'm not sure where to begin, or even stop. This movie is simply amazing, acting is superb, cinematography is unrivaled, plot is amazingly paced around well formed and brilliantly developed characters. Just go watch it now, If you remain unconvinced, just look at the rows of 10 star reviews on IMDB, or its Oscar for Best Foreign Film and its buckets of awards and the mass of critical acclaim it has received.

Just buy it and watch it now.

Description

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's stunning directorial debut focuses on the horrifying, sometimes unintentionally funny system of observation in the former East Germany. In the early 1980s, the successful dramatist Georg Dreyman and his longtime companion Christa-Maria Sieland, a popular actress, are big intellectual stars in the socialist state, although they secretly don't always think loyal to the party line. One day, the Minister of Culture becomes interested in Christa, so the secret service agent Wiesler is instructed to observe and sound out the couple, but their life fascinates him more and more…

Best Picture BAFTA Winner 2008.

Special Features:
  • The Making of The Lives of Others
  • Director's Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
Review

"Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this is a first-rate thriller that, like Bertolucci's The Conformist and Coppola's The Conversation, opts for character development over car chases. The place is East Berlin, the year is 1984, and it all begins with a simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe in a restrained, yet deeply felt performance), a Stasi officer and a specialist in this kind of thing, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch, Black Book), a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck, Mostly Martha). Though Dreyman is known to associate with the occasional dissident, like blacklisted director Albert Jerska (Volkmar Kleinert), his record is spotless. Everything changes when Wiesler discovers that Minister Hempf (Thomas Thieme) has an ulterior motive in spying on this seemingly upright citizen. In other words, it's personal, and Wiesler's sympathies shift from the government to its people--or at least to this one particular person. That would be risky enough, but then Wiesler uses his privileged position to affect a change in Dreyman's life. The God-like move he makes may be minor and untraceable, but it will have major consequences for all concerned, including Wiesler himself. Writer/director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck starts with a simple premise that becomes more complicated and emotionally involving as his assured debut unfolds. Though three epilogues is, arguably, two too many, The Lives of Others is always elegant, never confusing. It's class with feeling." --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Release date NZ
August 17th, 2007
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Language
German
Subtitles
English
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
9321337137803
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
Product ID
1546581

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