"The Lives of Others" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

The great number of laudatory reviews and comments, which are collected this film, I realized even before the show, it is a good German film, like Der Untergang - solidly worked, long, detailed, nudnovato, but not without exciting moments, with actor's work at a good average level and with one or two actors, who at this mid-level stand out in a good way. In short, satisfying and nutritious, but heavy on the stomach meat dish of German cuisine. So he turned his
I watched with interest, but rather specific:. I love movies about eavesdropping, spying and every kind of voyeurism. Those who shared this interest, I recommend willingly, others may not like it.
In spite of all his German, the film is made of a distinctly American standards. Young Western director to noble families, did not smell of socialism, even in his youth, he shot about the GDR and the Stasi story the way it would like to see in the West, especially in America, worked with an eye on Oscar, and got.
The film is well thought out and designed. It has everything you need, and there is nothing superfluous - unfortunately, because of the good life stories that can engage the viewer, extra important need
story about a loyal and successful writer, who overhears the Stasi only because his girlfriend, the actress had. the misfortune to please the influential minister *, and last yearns to eliminate the rival shows in the atmosphere at the same time a historical and at the same time in Hollywood anti-utopian, among the gray walls, pale-dressed people, descended into the bay views, deserted streets, according to orym occasionally protarahtit lone Trabant, tingling under the neon lights and the clatter of typewriters. Even the music in a dull night bar sounds like passed through the filter, removes all live notes. **
Hauptmann Vizler days sitting with headphones on a cold attic, laden with equipment and records the details of the writing life, and then returns to his lonely apartment tidy, watch the news on the milk yield of corn and spends the evening watching with binoculars for neighboring windows, does not speculate whether someone at home (one of the deleted scenes), sometimes with fun coming prostitute without even unbuttoning the top button of his shirt ...
Evola tions of the regime's servants, faithful to the ideals and merciless to enemies of the Reich, which gradually permeated with sympathy for his charges and becomes their guardian angel (and partly puppenmaysterom manipulator) - the most difficult role in the film, and Ulrich Mühe played it perfectly. (Or rather, in the film are two excellent actors' work, but on the second below)
role Vizlera written quite sketchy, but Mühe was able to really spice it up -. It is definitely a wonderful actor. Unfortunately, during the filming he was terminally ill and died a year after the release of pictures.
Vizler resembles Gene Hackman character in another Oscar-winning film about eavesdropping - 'Talk (The Conversation)', and I think that this similarity was intentional (By the way, the scene where the writer picks out microphones and rips the wiring in the apartment, clearly rhymes with the ending 'Talk'), but the resemblance is very different characters. As the manner and virtuosity Mühe game, rather similar to the Kevin Spacey. Americans seem to be plotting a remake. If the main role was played by Spacey, it would make sense.
Unfortunately, the other main characters are not as good. Sebastian Koch, who liked me in the 'Black Book', nothing special is not pleased. His playwright Draiman came neither fish nor fowl - yes, a nice guy, hippie-unshaven-bezgalstuchny, but no more. Of course, he is a writer-conformist, but still ... His girlfriend (Martina Gedeck) - even worse, at some point it was just repulsive - this is my personal opinion - but, objectively speaking, not the woman to arrange for her such litigation and to put on the security services ears. Now, if they are invited to Carice van Houten
Another actor Ulrich Mühe in addition, is to be commended - Tim Thomas, who plays Minister Hempf. Vile shvaynopodobny apparatchik, which under the new regime got even better than the old, and continues to arrange its gesheft, turned his life completely. This type is familiar to residents of all post-Soviet states, even those who are not found of socialism, but just watching the news on TV. By the way, the actor at one time he suffered from the Stasi, and even spent time in prison, so I think it is not without pleasure, mocked their former persecutors.
Another disadvantage of this, in general, a good film is the same as in the other, in general, a good film - the script about a clever and quick-witted hero written by people who are not as smart and savvy as their hero. Therefore, they have to put it fools antagonists *** and viewers when viewing forced, so to speak, the suspend your disbelief.
I was watching for even more sad for the Stasi. Of course, in contrast to the scouts, fighters against dissidents were not a genius, but they are idiots, certainly were not.
{Spoiler} What was supposed to do Vizler, instead of Draiman wrote plays about Lenin, so it call him and say: 'Comrade Hauptmann liked your joke about Mercedes'. {/} SPOILER But it would be quite a different movie ...
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* Maybe I do not understand in the GDR-ovsky life, but what powers does the Minister of culture (?!) to organize surveillance of anyone? Of course, he could ask for in a friendly minister of state security, but directly give orders KGB man, call them on the carpet and dryuchit for failure - it is, in my opinion, too
** GDR was not 'the most cheerful barrack of the socialist camp. "- this role has always claimed to Hungary (in this case and the level of suicide, she was in first place before the GDR) - but was not as lifeless gray dystopia. Even this was not the Soviet Union, and only in the German state of workers and peasants and the supply was better, and some liberties inaccessible sovgrazhdanam, were permitted, such as beer for lunch and enjoy your holidays ™ after a busy day. Presumably, the proximity of Germany, and a comparison with the life of the western compatriots depressed. Sovgrazhdanam was nothing to compare with someone.
*** Or, as in the above 'talk', to force the hero to make uncharacteristic stupidity.

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