The Lives of Others (2006)

R   |    |  Drama, Thriller


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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.

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Cast & Crew

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Director:

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Writer:

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although it was very common for national flags and coats of arms of the former GDR to be placed almost anywhere in public places and institutions, not a single one was shown throughout the whole movie (except for one artistic representation of the CoA, with the hanging rope over it, on the cover of Der Spiegel magazine).


Quotes

Guard: Stand still. Eyes to the floor.
Guard: Walk on.


Goofs

Christa-Maria and Georg's apartment is in Wedekind street in Friedrichshain, as confirmed in the DVD commentary. The buildings in the entire quarter surrounding Wedekindstr were part of a massive rebuilding project in the GDR, and were completed in the early 1950s. All of the balconies that can be seen while Georg is playing football with the children on the street, along with the ceramic work illustrate the particular Soviet style really clearly. However, the interior of the apartment and most of what we see of the building interior is what would be called 'alt bau', effectively 'old style' - the apartment has high ceilings, the stairwells have carved wooden balustrades and doors which clearly predate the 50s. When the Stasi men come through the front doors for the first time, you can see the interior of these buildings as they really look, in the next shot the style has gone back at least 40 years.


Alternate Versions

The US version features a written prologue in English, explaining the historical context of the film.


Soundtracks

HGW XX/7
Performed by
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra with
Conducted by Adam Klemens
Piano Soloist: Jaromir Klepac, Guitar Soloist: Jaroslav Novák
Composed By Gabriel Yared, Stéphane Moucha

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Drama | Thriller

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