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


Unknown said...

Excellent!!! Excellent movie!!!

B.R. said...

Indeed. It's so real, so well done. I knew you'd like it. Excellent.