The Lives of Others (German: Das Leben der Anderen) is a 2006 German drama film, noting the feature film debut of filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, about the surveillance of East Berlin citizens by agents of the Stasi, the GDR's secret cops. It stars Ulrich Mühe (who died within a year of the movie's launch) as Stasi Leader Gerd Wiesler, Ulrich Tukur as his premium Anton Grubitz, Sebastian Koch as the dramatist Georg Dreyman, and Martina Gedeck as Dreyman's fan, a popular starlet named Christa-Maria Sieland.
The movie was launched in Germany on 23 March 2006. At the very same time, the screenplay was published by Suhrkamp Verlag. The Lives of Others won the 2006 Academy Award for Ideal Foreign Language Movie. The film had earlier won seven Deutscher Filmpreis honors-- including those for finest movie, best director, best screenplay, finest actor, as well as ideal supporting actor-- after establishing a new record with 11 nominations. It was nominated for Finest International Language Film at the 64th Golden Globe Awards. The Lives of Others cost US$ 2 million  and also grossed more than US$ 77 million worldwide as of November 2007. 
Released 17 years after the autumn of the Berlin Wall noting the end of the East German socialist state, it was the initial noticeable dramatization movie regarding the subject after a series of comedies such as Goodbye, Lenin! and also Sonnenallee. This strategy was commonly praised in Germany also as some slammed the humanization of Wiesler's character. Several previous East Germans were stunned by the accurate accuracy of the film's set as well as environment, precisely portraying a state which merged with West Germany and also disappeared 16 years prior to the release. The movie's authenticity was thought about noteworthy, considered that the supervisor adulted beyond East Germany and also was just sixteen when the Berlin Wall surface dropped.
In 1984 East Germany, famous Stasi Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe), code word HGW XX/7, approves a task from his above spy on the playwright Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch), that has previously gotten away state analysis as a result of his pro-Communist sights and global recognition. Wiesler and his group pest the house, established surveillance tools in an attic, and start reporting Dreyman's activities. Soon after his security starts, Wiesler learns the genuine reason for why Dreyman has actually been put under security: the Preacher of Culture, Bruno Hempf (Thomas Thieme) longs for Dreyman's girlfriend, starlet Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck), and is trying to get rid of Dreyman as a romantic opponent. While Wiesler's premium, Lt. Col. Anton Grubitz (Ulrich Tukur), sees not a problem with this, as it is a possibility for improvement, the idealist Wiesler is cynical, as well as asks Grubitz, "Is this why we signed up with?" Preacher Hempf persuades Sieland right into making love with him by exploiting her susceptability as a troubled starlet and also her addiction to prescription medicine. After Wiesler's subtle intervention leads to Dreyman discovering Sieland's partnership with Hempf, he urges her not to meet him once again. Sieland flees to a neighboring bar where Wiesler, posing as a follower, urges her to be true to herself. She returns residence as well as reconciles with Dreyman, declining Hempf.
Though a communist as well as fan of the regime, Dreyman ends up being frustrated with the treatment of his colleagues by the state. At his birthday celebration individual, his close friend Albert Jerska (a blacklisted staged director) gives him sheet music for Sonate vom Guten Menschen (Sonata for an Excellent Guy). Shortly after that, Jerska hangs himself. Dreyman chooses to release an anonymous write-up on the East German self-destruction price in Der Spiegel, a famous West German newsweekly. Dreyman's write-up implicates the state of callously ignoring those who devote self-destruction. Given that all East German typewriters are registered, an editor of Der Spiegel smuggles Dreyman a mini typewriter with a red ribbon. Dreyman hides the typewriter under a false floorboard of his apartment, however is seen one mid-day by Sieland hiding it there as she goes back to the flat. When Dreyman and his buddies feign a defection attempt to figure out whether his level is pestered, Wiesler, who has come to be supportive to Dreyman and also disappointed by, does not signal the border guards, and also the accomplices think they are risk-free. He likewise determines versus educating his boss of Dreyman's article and also rather demands that monitoring be scaled back to remove his junior.
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