History Film / TheLivesOfOthers

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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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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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.]]
5th Apr '16 9:30:25 AM AnotherGuy
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* EurekaMoment: Near the end, [[spoiler: Dreyman sees the red fingerprint on the final report. Watch his reaction - you can see him adding two and two and realizing that HGW was his "GuardianAngel" and saved his life right at that moment.]]
5th Apr '16 9:22:48 AM AnotherGuy
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* DoubleEntendre: Non-sexual example. [[spoiler: Wiesler asks if the book he is buying is a gift. He replies, "No, it's for me."]]

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* DoubleEntendre: Non-sexual example. [[spoiler: Wiesler asks is asked if the book he is buying is a gift. He replies, "No, it's for me."]]
3rd Mar '16 11:24:50 PM creader
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* FollowTheLeader: Watch ''Film/TheFront'' before this film to catch some similarities.
29th Feb '16 1:46:04 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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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 he doesn't seem too bad off. 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 doesn't seem too bad off.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.
25th Feb '16 4:23:31 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Wiesler ends his career steaming envelopes open in a basement, Christa-Maria kills herself, and the DDR and Stasi continue to be a menace. But in the end, Wiesler saved a good man's life, got some gratitude for it eventually, and communism eventually met the judgment of history four years and seven months later.]]

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Wiesler ends his Stasi career steaming envelopes open in a basement, Christa-Maria kills herself, and the DDR and Stasi continue to be a menace. But in the end, Wiesler saved a good man's life, got some gratitude for it eventually, and communism eventually met the judgment of history four years and seven months later.]]
29th Oct '15 9:31:09 PM Fireblood
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Wiesler's actions would have been impossible for any real Stasi agent, because the Stasi knew that the watchmen have to be watched even more closely than civilian populace - Stasi agents worked in mutually-surveilling teams when on duty, and watched off-duty as well.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Wiesler's actions would have been impossible for any real Stasi agent, because the Stasi knew that the watchmen have to be watched even more closely than the civilian populace - Stasi agents worked in mutually-surveilling teams when on duty, and were watched off-duty as well.



* BigBadFriend: Played with and ultimately subverted with Anton Grubitz. Despite initially coming across as a close friend and colleague of Wiesler, it soon becomes apparent that Grubitz views Wiesler as little more than a tool for his own political advancement.

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* BigBadFriend: Played with {{Played with}} and ultimately subverted with Anton Grubitz. Despite initially coming across as a close friend and colleague of Wiesler, it soon becomes apparent that Grubitz views Wiesler as little more than a tool for his own political advancement.



* KickTheDog: Grubitz's cruel trick on the underling he catches telling a joke about then Chairman Honecker.

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* KickTheDog: Grubitz's cruel trick on the underling he catches telling a joke about then Chairman then-General Secretary Honecker.



* NotSoHarmlessVillain: In the first part of the film, Grubitz comes off generally as a buffoon - a sadist and a schemer, yes, but not particularly competent. However, when Wiesler comes to him suggesting that 24/7 surveillance of Dreyman be stopped, he immediately realizes he is hiding something, though he can't tell what it is.

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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: In the first part of the film, Grubitz comes off generally as a buffoon - a buffoon-a sadist and a schemer, yes, but not particularly competent. However, when Wiesler comes to him suggesting that 24/7 surveillance of Dreyman be stopped, he immediately realizes he is hiding something, though he can't tell what it is.
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