The film that I watched was called “The Lives of Others.” The Lives of Others was based on East Berlin in 1983. However, the language of our movie was in German. It had English subtitles that helped my partner and I out a lot. We got a great feel for the movie once we saw that. The director of the movie was a man named Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. He’s an outstanding director on the movie stage. Donnersmarck was born in Cologne, Germany on May 2, 1973. Florians parents were both from East Germany. He is famous for his other movie called the “Tourist” and he’s won countless movie awards. For his work on the movie “The Lives of Others” Donnersmarck won the best foreign film award. The “Lives of Others” portrays a very clear point of how East Berlin was back in the 1980s. Their was a man named Gerd Wiesler who was a stasi policeman who watched over two certain people. Weisler is first seen lecturing a room full of aspiring secret policemen in the techniques of interrogation, and he addresses this task and his surveillance of Georg Dreyman with the proud discipline of a professional and the zeal of a true believer. (A.O. Scott) An actress named Christa-Maria Sieland and her dramatist partner, Georg Dreyman, are intellectual stars in the former East Germany. The movie was a little too Hollywood. However, they’re spied on by secret police under orders from the Ministry of Culture. The Lives of Others is a warning about the danger of allowing the government to have too much power. The story follows two central protagonists. One of the characters is Georg Dreyman, a playwright who secretly decides to expose the conditions in East Germany. The other character is Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler, a member of the secret police, who ...
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...iece into the movie. It would have changed the whole entire film. Giving more of a suspense part into the movie. Although the movie didn’t give me the effect of the actual Fall of the Berlin Wall, I actually took away a great deal of knowledge from The Lives of Others.
All in all, the film argued our thesis effectively. I say this because most of the film showed Gerd Wiesler spying on Georg Dreyman and like our thesis stated, East Germany used mass surveillance to monitor citizens. The government back in East Germany was harsh. They really didn’t care about any of the civilians that lived in that city. They could do whatever they wanted to citizens and feel no shame about it at all. I would recommend this movie to a lot of people. Especially people who love history. Even though the movie was in German, it still gave me a good sense of what was going on back then.
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