Gripping and tense throughout.\nA window into the lives of people caught in the horrors of the Communist "system" \nWe usually associate German political terror with Hitler and the Nazis, but the Communist Marxist tyranny which imprisoned East Germany from 1945 through the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. (the wall was built in 1961 with the "approval" of Nikita Kruschev) actually lasted longer
Excellent. Americans, take heed...
East Germany was an extension of the Nazis and the Stalinists. This movie shows how it existed in our time, up until its fall in the late 1980s. It is hard to imagine what life was like in that environment but this movie gives you a window into that world superbly. It is a haunting, well acted and well crafted movie.This is not a bunch of good looking people doing a lot of brave things on great
"The Lives of Others" is a miracle of a film that manages to be both subtle and intense at the same time.What's even more astounding is that this is the feature debut from German writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who previously had made a few shorts and done some TV work.The international awards and acclaim "The Lives of Others" has received, along with a well-deserved Oscar
I found this movie plodding and too long. Nothing new historically was revealed and the same point made too many times. Many scenes could have been cut and characters combined to made the same points. The motive for change of the main character was is unknown. Does this movie remind anyone of Fahrenheit 451, a better movie with a similar story?