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

GDR, 1984. Dramatist Georg Draiman in love with the actress Christa-Maria Zealand, and she with him. But Christa-Maria still has a lover - powerful minister Bruno Hempf, which helps her to make a career. So, we have a classic love triangle in which, as you know, someone always one extra. As the Minister Hempf in time the above is the apex of this triangle, it becomes clear that the leave should Draiman. And help him in this Gerd Wiesler.
Vocations are different people. Someone is writing music, someone - to treat children. At one - to build houses, others - to amuse others. Calling Gerd Wiesler - watch out for all those people, arrest them and interrogate. Doing this, he is able to perfectly. Without raising his voice, without the use of physical pressure, Whistler will make anyone to tell the truth and only the truth, and nothing but the truth. Because for anything else it is not intended. Gerd Wiesler -. Captain Stasi
On the orders of his superior, the other ministers Hempf, he begins to follow the ideologically flawless (at the time) Draymanom, to hide the last for anything in the long term and make way powerful people lover Christa-Maria. But there is an amazing aggressor imbued with sympathy for its victims. Thus, a fourth angle, which the others are not even aware of our figure. Gradually cool and disciplined Stasi agent begins to sympathize with fragile and delicate union of Christa-Maria and George. He does not want to destroy their little world and does everything possible to preserve it. Sometimes there is the reality? It is doubtful, though not impossible
It may be a natural question. Why this low-budget tape, on which director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck barely beat out money from the producers and which was initially unnoticed in Germany, won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007 jump on the obvious favorite - 'Pan's Labyrinth'? So, there was something in this German film, which was lacking in the creation of the Mexican director. Guillermo del Toro took a great movie, to some extent, too, which tells of the struggle against totalitarianism and injustice. But he went too clear: evil - evil, Good - good. Henckel von Donnersmarck's picture is more complicated. This is an attempt to move the perennial border between good and evil, and look at the life of 'the other'. And these 'other' is not Draiman from Zeeland, and Captain Wiesler. It was not given an opportunity to understand the inner world of the creative intelligentsia, and we, the audience is given a glimpse into the soul of the Stasi officer, to feel the loneliness of the executioner on the scaffold, to feel the suffering of the Minotaur, to see the spark of love in his eyes of the enemy. And such a life review 'other' is worth a lot.
Empathy Wiesler their victims, has become a major stumbling block and subject to comments from critics. Many of his transformation seemed contrived and unconvincing. In fact, the situation where the subject of surveillance emotionally moving closer to the object of observation and stops to talk objectively, is not so rare. But there was something else. Whistler - an honest employee, always pursuing only enemies of the Party and the state, even if the whole of their guilt was reading forbidden books or a story of political jokes. But now entrusted to him, for the sake of personal ambition 'some comrades' to punish the innocent. In this regard, it originally looked at his 'charges' in other words, they were not in the eyes of his enemies. An excuse to arrest Draiman appeared later, but even before Wiesler felt that he himself want to use. In fact, it vygorazhivaniya observed - is a revolt against the whole screw mechanism, a rebellion against the ordinary level of cynical manipulation, the struggle for their own opinions and feelings, the battle for the right to be human
Watching Georg and Christa-Maria, Gerd Wiesler realize himself as a person. and not as a fighting unit tuned machine of state control. He wanted to experience what it felt objects. He wanted to be loved, but it turned out only to buy sex. He wanted respect, but encountered the fear of the people around him. He was not afraid of a little boy who lives in the neighborhood, probably, because of its infancy. Wiesler would like to have friends, but those around him - only fellow specific work. With every desire Gerd Wiesler could not become one of the 'other', it can not be a pistol with a silencer device on sale of soda. In such a situation many would have felt a sense of hatred based on envy. But not for nothing Draiman later called his book dedicated to Gerd Wiesler, 'Sonata about a good man. " Transformation Stasi agent has already occurred. From personal Cerberus Wiesler turned into a personal guardian angel of Georg and Christa-Maria, on which they had no idea. He was listening to music with them, suffer with them, loved with them, delivered them, finding the right moment right words of encouragement. Captain Gerd Wiesler acted as accustomed to working in the Stasi: quietly, secretly, anonymously. Of course, it could not long continue. For everything in this world has to pay. And for love, including ...
actor Ulrich Mühe, who played Gerd Wiesler, died of stomach cancer a few months after the triumph of 'The Lives of Others' on the Academy Awards. But he managed to do what can not be done tens of thousands of other actors: he had a role to write his name in the history of world cinema. Mühe created image allows the viewer to try on the skin of 'Gray Wolf'; see the life of 'the other', which made fear and hate; I feel that, in essence, we are all people, and the division into 'his' and 'others' is very conditional. And even if the intelligence agencies historians did not record any such 'Stockholm Syndrome contrary' Stasi employees. Gerd Wiesler character never give us forget that even a person with a cool head can have a warm heart, which also knows how to love and empathize with.

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