Sunday, February 1, 2009

Das Leben Der Anderen/ The Lives of Others

An excellent movie that is political on a human and emotional level. I wanted to click a pic of the set as it felt like a 90 minute escape from Kuwait. Nothing censored. A canopy of threatheningly heavy clouds above us. Salmiya's blinking city lights. I forgot to click the pic of course, but there is always next Thursday.

The Lives of Others (German: Das Leben der Anderen) is a 2006 German drama film, marking the feature film debut of writer and director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The film involves the monitoring of the cultural scene of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi, the GDR's secret police. The film was released in Germany on March 23, 2006. At the same time, the screenplay was published by Suhrkamp Verlag. Donnersmarck and Ulrich Mühe were successfully sued for libel for an interview in which Mühe asserted that his former wife informed on him while they were East German citizens through the six years of their marriage. In the film's publicity material, Donnersmarck says that Mühe's former wife denied the claims, although 254 pages' worth of government records detailed her activities. The film succeeded in Germany despite a widespread contemporary reluctance in the country, particularly in its films,[1] to confront the totalitarian excesses of the East German state.

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