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German Film Series: Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)

Tue, November 8, 2011 | BUR 216

6:00 PM

The Lives of Others is a 2006 German film directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.

Remake: The Lives of Others (in production, 2013)

East Berlin, 1984. It all begins with a simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe), 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). 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 – a change that has major consequences for all concerned, including Wiesler himself. 

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