The Lives of Others is now open for discussion

Our April 2007 film selection, The Lives of Others, is now open for discussion. Members who would like to Post an Official Commentary here are welcome to do so (Contact Ron or Roger if you would like to have posting priveleges to this blogsite). Anyone, member or not, can place brief comments here by simply clicking on the comments button.


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  1. Man, what a handle for a first time director; and then for his film to win the Oscar and 33 other awards. He must be on cloud nine. His full name is Florian Maria Georg Christian Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck. No wonder he “shortened” it. This man who studied with Sir Richard Attenborough in 1997, had only directed 5 short films while at film school, and out of frustration, some say arrogance, he quit school and made THE LIVES OF OTHERS. Afterward the school considered the film as his graduated directed study, and gave him his degree. How magnanimous of them. This director stands 6’9″ tall, and has a wavy blond mop of hair; quite a striking figure actually. His German cast of actors were heretofore mostly unknown to the West, and to international cinema. And that made the characters even more realistic and credible. I would like to see Ulrich Muhe, who played spy Weisler, again some time. For some reason he reminds me of several French actors. His work in this film was exemplary, somehow gaining audience empathy for a triple asshole of a man, a very dark character. Like at the meeting, though, I am not sure what was the turning point for this guy. Surely he had done terrible things to other people, and had seen the hypocracy at work in the past; that is the nature of most governments, certainly totalitarian ones. Sebastian Koch as Georg was very well cast, and he kept reminding me of John Tesh or Stephen Collins, having that classic leading man profile. Martina Gedeck was very interesting as Christa, caught somewhere between her ego and ambition and the real affection she had for her writer/playwright boy friend. Her overwhelming guilt and confusion was, at times, hard to follow as well, but no one was ready to witness her stepping in front of that car. This film does haunt me, and I will have to get it in DVD and watch it again some time. It, also, makes me hungry to watch Coppola’s THE CONVERSATION again soon; which of course I will be delighted to do for next month’s picks.

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