Filed under: politics, stories | Tags: das leben der anderen, East Germany, german, german movies, spies, spying, stassi, The lives of others
We finally watched this important movie last night.
It centres on the conscience of Stassi spy (Ulrich Muhe) who realises that the people he is entrapping may actually have a point. Less the tart with a heart but certainly the spy who came in from the cold.
It is a wonderfully engaging and extraordinarily intelligent movie with brilliantly restrained performances from the entire ensemble cast, although Muhe is the real star.
The world’s greatest critical movie melting pot, imdb, gives it an 8.5 rating and rates it the number 53 movie of all time. That might make it Germany’s best, although I think there are some contenders, such as The Tin Drum and Fitzcaraldo for starters.
However, there is a reason for the huge rating.
It is sensational.