R | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
When the Stasi raid Dreyman's flat, an agent comments on how much "Western literature" he owns. The book in the agent's hand is a German edition of "The First Circle," by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a Soviet author who openly criticized the USSR, and was ultimately exiled.
Stand still. Eyes to the floor.
Guard: Walk on.
When Grubitz is talking to Wiesler in his office, he takes a fresh cigar out of a Humidor. After the next cut, only three seconds later, he is smoking and the cigar looks like it has been smoked for a longer time.
The US version features a written prologue in English, explaining the historical context of the film.
$223,000 11 February 2007