History Film / TheLivesOfOthers

10th Oct '16 5:02:24 PM Fireblood
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* BrokenPedestal: Weisler [[WellIntentionedExtremist truly believes in surveillance of citizens]] to weed out malcontents, but it's shaken when trusted advisors start abusing their power just to get in a married woman's pants.

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* BrokenPedestal: Weisler [[WellIntentionedExtremist truly believes in surveillance of citizens]] to weed out malcontents, but it's he's shaken when trusted advisors start the minister starts abusing their power just to get in a married woman's pants.
10th Oct '16 2:18:25 PM AnotherGuy
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** SocietyMarchesOn: The two renditions couldn't be more different. The original staging is more or less an on-stage soap opera. The 1990's staging is very minimalist and expressionistic with a multiracial cast.
10th Oct '16 2:09:36 PM AnotherGuy
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* BrokenPedestal: Weisler [[WellIntentionedExtremist truly believes in surveillance of cititzens]] to weed out malcontents, but it's shaken when trusted advisors start abusing their power just to get in a married woman's pants.

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* BrokenPedestal: Weisler [[WellIntentionedExtremist truly believes in surveillance of cititzens]] citizens]] to weed out malcontents, but it's shaken when trusted advisors start abusing their power just to get in a married woman's pants.
10th Oct '16 2:09:19 PM AnotherGuy
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* BrokenPedestal: Weisler [[WellIntentionedExtremist truly believes in surveillance of cititzens]] to weed out malcontents, but it's shaken when trusted advisors start abusing their power just to get in a married woman's pants.
7th Sep '16 11:03:17 AM eroock
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->"Comrades, we must know ''everything''.
-->--'''Stasi boss Erich Mielke, Ministry head from November 1957 to November 1989'''

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->"Comrades, ->''"Comrades, we must know ''everything''.
-->--'''Stasi
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-->-- '''Stasi
boss Erich Mielke, Ministry head from November 1957 to November 1989'''
7th Sep '16 1:19:02 AM Morgenthaler
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The film takes place in state-socialist EastGermany and tells the story of Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe), a stoic officer of the SecretPolice, Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (also known as TheStasi). His job is to find and interrogate "enemies of socialism", people with Western sympathies or just plain wrong opinions. He is ordered by friend and superior Anton Grubitz to carry out a spying operation against playwright Georg Dreyman, whom they suspect is not what he seems. Wiesler and his men install numerous microphones in Dreyman's apartment, and his life is filled with sitting in the attic, listening in on Dreyman and his girlfriend, actress Christa-Maria Sieland.

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The film takes place in state-socialist EastGermany and tells the story of Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe), a stoic officer of the SecretPolice, Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (also known as TheStasi).UsefulNotes/TheStasi). His job is to find and interrogate "enemies of socialism", people with Western sympathies or just plain wrong opinions. He is ordered by friend and superior Anton Grubitz to carry out a spying operation against playwright Georg Dreyman, whom they suspect is not what he seems. Wiesler and his men install numerous microphones in Dreyman's apartment, and his life is filled with sitting in the attic, listening in on Dreyman and his girlfriend, actress Christa-Maria Sieland.
6th Apr '16 11:16:02 AM LordGro
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* RousseauWasRight: The whole point of the movie.

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* SinisterSurveillance
* SkilledButNaive: Wiesler and Dreyman have something in common.

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* SkilledButNaive: Wiesler and Dreyman have something in common.common. %% Zero Context
5th Apr '16 9:36:48 AM AnotherGuy
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* SkilledButNaive: Wiesler and Dreyman have something in common.
5th Apr '16 9:36:02 AM AnotherGuy
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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Wiesler honestly believes he's doing a noble job, keeping his country secure from dissidents. He is actually fairly naive and doesn't believe anything's wrong with the "harsh but fair" system - until Hempf's actions leaves him disillusioned. Basically, the film is about a good man with an evil job.
5th Apr '16 9:32:10 AM AnotherGuy
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* PetTheDog: Wiesler gets in an elevator, and a plastic ball bounces in, followed by the little boy who owns the ball. The boy asks if Wiesler is really a Stasi member, saying "They're bad men who put men in jail, says my dad." To which Wiesler responds, "What's the name of your... [[LastSecondWordSwap ball]]?"

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* PetTheDog: PetTheDog:
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Wiesler gets in an elevator, and a plastic ball bounces in, followed by the little boy who owns the ball. The boy asks if Wiesler is really a Stasi member, saying "They're bad men who put men in jail, says my dad." To which Wiesler responds, "What's the name of your... [[LastSecondWordSwap ball]]?"ball]]?"
** [[spoiler: Dreyman learns HGW was Wiesler, and on seeing him humbled as a postal carrier, opts not to contact him, letting him retain what little dignity he has. Instead, he pays tribute to him in a book.]]
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