History Film / TheLivesOfOthers

12th Jan '18 12:56:39 PM AnotherGuy
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* ArcWords: "Good man."
24th Nov '17 10:11:17 AM nombretomado
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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 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.

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The film takes place in state-socialist EastGermany UsefulNotes/EastGermany and tells the story of Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe), a stoic officer of the SecretPolice, Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (also known as 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.
1st Nov '17 2:50:21 PM LtFedora
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* CacophonyCoverUp: One of Dreymanís friends puts on a very loud music album when he visits his apartment, under the assumption thatís heís been bugged, before writing a note and telling him to meet in a park later.
28th Jul '17 12:46:06 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ChekhovsGun: The red ink on the secret typewriter rubs off on Dreyman's fingers early in the film when he's hiding it. Towards the end, when he looks at his own records, a red smudged fingerprint on the last transcription page tells him that it was the file's author who had hidden the typewriter, just before the secret police searched Dreyman's apartment.

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* ChekhovsGun: The red ink on the secret typewriter rubs off on Dreyman's fingers early in the film when he's hiding it. Towards [[spoiler:Towards the end, when he looks at his own records, a red smudged fingerprint on the last transcription page tells him that it was the file's author who had hidden the typewriter, just before the secret police searched Dreyman's apartment.]]
17th Jun '17 1:52:50 PM nombretomado
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* KarmaHoudini: After coercing Christa into sex she was clearly repulsed by and vindictively ruining hers and other peoples' lives, not much happens to Minister Hempf. Sure, he loses power after the fall of the Berlin Wall but when Dreyman meets him by chance a couple of years later, he is doing pretty well for himself. In the film commentary, the director points out that this is [[TruthInTelevision based in reality]], as many of the East German bigwigs landed on their feet after the fall of the BerlinWall.

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* KarmaHoudini: After coercing Christa into sex she was clearly repulsed by and vindictively ruining hers and other peoples' lives, not much happens to Minister Hempf. Sure, he loses power after the fall of the Berlin Wall but when Dreyman meets him by chance a couple of years later, he is doing pretty well for himself. In the film commentary, the director points out that this is [[TruthInTelevision based in reality]], as many of the East German bigwigs landed on their feet after the fall of the BerlinWall.UsefulNotes/BerlinWall.



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Wiesler and (eventually) everyone else in the office's reaction to the news that the BerlinWall had opened. With the Wall fallen, it would have only been a matter of time before they were told to leave their posts.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Wiesler and (eventually) everyone else in the office's reaction to the news that the BerlinWall UsefulNotes/BerlinWall had opened. With the Wall fallen, it would have only been a matter of time before they were told to leave their posts.
31st May '17 6:14:27 PM Fireblood
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* FanDisservice: Both Christa-Maria's sex scene with the minister (he's fat and unattractive and she clearly feels disgust and humiliation), and the scene in which Wiesler hires a prostitute and tries in vain to make an emotional connection to her as well as a sexual one.

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* FanDisservice: Both Christa-Maria's sex scene with rape by the minister (he's fat and unattractive and she clearly feels disgust and humiliation), and the scene in which Wiesler hires a prostitute and tries in vain to make an emotional connection to her as well as a sexual one.
31st May '17 9:52:32 AM Aquila89
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* FanDisservice: Both Christa-Maria's sex scene with the minister, and the scene in which Wiesler hires a prostitute and tries in vain to make an emotional connection to her as well as a sexual one.

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* FanDisservice: Both Christa-Maria's sex scene with the minister, minister (he's fat and unattractive and she clearly feels disgust and humiliation), and the scene in which Wiesler hires a prostitute and tries in vain to make an emotional connection to her as well as a sexual one.
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.
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