Thursday, September 6, 2007
Das Leben der Anderen
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "Das Leben der Anderen" is a worthy cinematic imitation of what life was like for the artistic soul in East Berlin.
The premise of the film is: can genuine goodness exist and moreover, can it be actually maintained, within a system corroded by uber-control, suffocating human micromanagement, and self-alienating sexualizations?
It is, by far, one of the best cinematic analyses of socialist East Germany in that it decodes such a system from a human and humanistic perspective. How far and to what degree can the artist compromise for the sake of her/his art?
The cast matches the brilliant screenplay most adequately. It features Martina Gedeck [also seen in Bella Martha], the brilliant Ulrich Muehe, and the dashing Sebastian Koch.
A total 'Gesamtwerk,' I found.
as per imdb