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.
Four actors from this film appeared in Amen. (2002): Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Mühe, Ulrich Tukur and Hinnerk Schönemann.
Stand still. Eyes to the floor.
Guard: Walk on.
Wiesler's car - a Wartburg - is in fact a model which wasn't produced until the end of the '80s (the rear lights revealed it). Meanwhile the soundtrack contains sound of the old - two-stroke - engine, and -somewhat confusingly- at the exhaust you can clearly see the typical two stroke smoke. The same(?), later production type (with 1.3L four stroke VW engine) can be seen in light blue, standing on the right in one of the first shots of Georg's street.
The US version features a written prologue in English, explaining the historical context of the film.
$223,000 11 February 2007