Das Leben der Anderen: The lives of others

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A man who has devoted his life to ferreting out "dangerous" characters is thrown into a quandary when he investigates a man who poses no threat in this drama, the first feature from German filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. It's 1984, and Capt. Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe) is an agent of the Stasi, the East German Secret Police. Weisler carefully and dispassionately investigates people who might be deemed some sort of threat to the state. Shortly after Weisler's former classmate, Lt. Col. Grubitz (Ulrich Tukur), invites him to a theatrical piece by celebrated East German playwright Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch), Minister Bruno Hempf (Thomas Thieme) informs Weisler that he suspects Dreyman of political dissidence, and wonders if this renowned patriot is all that he seems to be. As it turns out, Hempf has something of an ulterior motive for trying to pin something on Dreyman: a deep-seated infatuation with Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck), Dreyman's girlfriend. Nevertheless, Grubitz, who is anxious to further his career, appoints Weisler to spy on the gentleman with his help. Weisler plants listening devices in Dreyman's apartment and begins shadowing the writer. As Weisler monitors Dreyman's daily life, however (from a secret surveillance station in the gentleman's attic), he discovers the writer is one of the few East Germans who genuinely believes in his leaders. This changes over time, however, as Dreyman discovers that Christa-Maria is being blackmailed into a sexual relationship with Hempf, and one of Dreyman's friends, stage director Albert Jerska (Volkmar Kleinert), is driven to suicide after himself being blackballed by the government. Dreyman's loyalty thus shifts away from the East German government, and he anonymously posts an anti-establishment piece in a major newspaper which rouses the fury of government officials. Meanwhile, Weisler becomes deeply emotionally drawn into the lives of Dreyman and Sieland, and becomes something of an anti-establishment figure himself, embracing freedom of thought and expression. A major box-office success in Germany, Das Leben der Anderen (aka The Lives of Others) received its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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auth_author2 Berg, Quirin., Gedeck, Martina,, Henckel von Donnersmarck, Florian, 1973-, Knaup, Herbert, 1956-, Koch, Sebastian, 1962-, Mhe, Ulrich, 1953-2007,, Moucha, Stp̌hane, 1968-, Tukur, Ulrich, 1957-, Wiedemann, Max., Yared, Gabriel,
author2-role Association relative ̉la tľv̌ision europěnne., Bayerischer Rundfunk., Berg, Quirin., Buena Vista International Film Productions., Creado Film., Gedeck, Martina,actor., Henckel von Donnersmarck, Florian,1973-screenwriter,director,producer., Knaup, Herbert,1956-actor., Koch, Sebastian,1962-actor., Mhe, Ulrich,1953-2007,actor., Moucha, Stp̌hane,1968-composer., Sony Pictures Classics (Firm), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm), Tukur, Ulrich,1957-actor., Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion., Wiedemann, Max., Yared, Gabriel,composer.
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display_description East Berlin, 1984. Capt. Gerd Wiesler, Stasi officer and surveillance specialist has a simple assignment: 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. During the investigation, Wiesler unexpectedly finds himself in sympathy with the people - or at least to this one particular person. 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.
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subject_facet Berlin (Germany) -- Drama, Drama, Ethnic -- Feature, Feature films, Fiction films, Foreign films, Germany (East). -- Ministerium fr Staatssicherheit -- Drama, Motion pictures, German, Police patrol -- Germany -- Berlin -- Surveillance operations -- Drama, Secret service -- Germany -- Drama, Video recordings for the hearing impaired
title_display Das Leben der Anderen The lives of others
title_full Das Leben der Anderen [videorecording] = The lives of others / 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 ; produzenten, Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann ; buch und regie, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
title_short Das Leben der Anderen
title_sub The lives of others
topic_facet Police patrol, Secret service, Surveillance operations
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