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  • Dec 28, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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THE LIVES OF OTHERS (Das Leben der Anderen) (2006) (German with English subtitles)

In East Berlin, five years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Wiesler is a Stasi (Secret Police) agent assigned by the Minister of Culture to probe into the life of Christa-Marie, an actress on whom the Minister has developed a creepy, long-distance crush. As Wiesler taps the phones and bugs the apartments of Christa-Marie and her long-time lover, Georg, a playwright, he discovers that they are not exactly committed to Marx, Lenin or the East German State.

The earphones through which he listens to their private lives gradually pull Wiesler into Christa-Marie and Georg's emotional and aesthetic world. Will Wiesler reveal everything he learns about his targets to the Minister, or keep their secrets and risk discovery and self-destruction?

Here is the trailer:

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  • Sam A.

    Another movie that is similar in nature to this one is a Russian movie called "Burnt by the Sun"

    December 30, 2012

  • Sam A.

    Thank you Wayne. Great movie.

    December 30, 2012

  • Pamela

    Thanks Wayne - great movie!

    December 29, 2012

  • Sam A.

    Thank you for organizing this event Wayne. A similar movie you might like is called "Burnt by the Sum":

    December 29, 2012

  • Joyce C.

    I cannot imagine the emotional impact of your visit to East Berlin. What an experience. I also did not attend Derek's meetup on Thanksgiving. I had a late lunch with Mom, returned home, showered and watched TV. I totally forgot! I am glad you were able to help your sister and that she is doing well.

    November 25, 2012

  • Joyce C.

    Oh wow, what a choice!! This film won the Oscar for best foreign language film, beating Pan's Labyrinth (to my shock and horror). So I was curious and decided to watch it. I was stunned. It is one of the best foreign films I have ever seen.

    1 · November 24, 2012

    • Wayne T.

      I'm happy you enjoyed "Lives," Joyce! It is one of my favorites, too. I actually had the opportunity to visit East Berlin back before The Wall fell. The film brings back haunting, powerful memories of that place and time for me, and I was only there for one day! Sorry I didn't make it to Derek's on Thursday night. I was visiting my sister on Thanksgiving when she had a medical emergency, and I took her to the emergency room to have her checked out. She is doing fine now, though.

      1 · November 25, 2012

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