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The Lives of Others

DIRECTED BY - Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

In East Berlin in 1984, the secret police, known as the Stasi, are gaining more and more control, spying on German citizens, and recruiting thousands of them to spy on each other. Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe) has been ordered to find something on playwright Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch), so he sets up a surveillance room and listens closely as Dreyman, his actress girlfriend, Christa-Marie Sieland (Martina Gedeck), and various suspected radical friends gather in their apartment. But when Wiesler discovers that culture minister Bruno Hempf (Thomas Thieme) cast suspicion on Dreyman only so he can have his way with Sieland, the master interrogator and torture teacher starts taking a long look at just what it all is about.



GENRES - drama

Film Info

RUNTIME - 138 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 2007

COUNTRY - Germany


SUBTITLES - English, Spanish, French

ATTRIBUTES - Widescreen, Anamorphic, Full-Frame


DVD Features:

Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35

Full Frame - 1.33


Dolby Digital - German



"[A] fascinating look at the political and psychological underpinnings of communist control in former East Germany....Muhe is remarkably subtle..."

- Kevin Courrier, Box Office

"A remarkably engrossing thriller concerning the very intimate surveillance that was the bread and butter of the East German secret police in the bad old days of the Cold War."

- Glenn Kenny, Premiere



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