The Lives of Others  



Before the Fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's Secret Police Listened to Your Secrets.

The Lives of Others (2006)

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A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the system.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Writer: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Release Date: 2006-03-15
Status: Released
Run time: 137 min / 2:17
Budget: $2,000,000
Revenue: $70,000,000
Production Companies : Creado Film, Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Arte
Production Country: Germany
Release Date: 2006-03-15
Status: Released
Run time: 137 min / 2:17
Budget: $2,000,000
Revenue: $70,000,000

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Casts

Martina Gedeck
as Christa-Maria Sieland
Ulrich Mühe
as Gerd Wiesler
Sebastian Koch
as Georg Dreyman
Ulrich Tukur
as Anton Grubitz
Thomas Thieme
as Bruno Hempf
Hans-Uwe Bauer
as Paul Hauser
Volkmar Kleinert
as Albert Jerska
Matthias Brenner
as Karl Wallner
Bastian Trost
as Häftling 227
Charly Hübner
as Udo
Herbert Knaup
as Gregor Hessenstein
Marie Gruber
as Frau Meineke
Hinnerk Schönemann
as Axel Stigler
Thomas Arnold
as Nowack
Ludwig Blochberger
as Benedikt Lehmann
Volker Michalowski
as Schriftexperte
Werner Daehn
as Einsatzleiter in Uniform
Martin Brambach
as Einsatzleiter Meyer
Hubertus Hartmann
as Egon Schwalber
Paul Faßnacht
as Onkel Frank Hauser
Paul Maximilian Schüller
as Junge mit Ball
Susanna Kraus
as Andrea
Michael Gerber
as Zahnarzt Dr. Czimmy
Fabian von Klitzing
as Tagesschausprecher
Harald Polzin
as Wächter
Sheri Hagen
as 'Martha' 1991
Gitta Schweighöfer
as 'Anja' 1984
Hildegard Schroedter
as 'Elena' 1984
Inga Birkenfeld
as 'Elena' 1991 / BStU-Mitarbeiterin
Jens Wassermann
as 'Rolf' Andi Wenzke-Falkenau
Kai Ivo Baulitz
as Buchverkäufer
Anabelle D. Munro
as Theatre Actress (uncredited)
Klaus Münster
as Erich Mielke (voice) (uncredited)
Gabi Fleming
as Prostitute

Crew

Writing Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Screenplay
Directing Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Director
Camera Hagen Bogdanski Director of Photography
Editing Patricia Rommel Editor
Sound Gabriel Yared Original Music Composer
Sound Stéphane Moucha Original Music Composer
Production Max Wiedemann Producer
Production Quirin Berg Producer
Production Simone Bär Casting
Production Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Co-Producer
Production Claudia Gladziejewski Co-Producer
Production Monika Lobkowicz Co-Producer
Production Andreas Schreitmüller Co-Producer
Art Silke Buhr Production Design
Art Christiane Rothe Art Direction
Art Frank Noack Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Gabriele Binder Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Annett Schulze Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Sabine Schumann Makeup Artist
Production Tom Sternitzke Production Manager
Sound Eva Claudius ADR & Dubbing
Sound João Da Costa Pinto Foley
Sound Detlef Halaski ADR & Dubbing
Sound Jörn Poetzl Foley
Sound Hubertus Rath Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Oliver Schnug Boom Operator
Sound Philipp Sellier Foley
Sound Christoph von Schönburg Sound Designer
Sound Arno Wilms Sound mixer
Crew Hans Seck Special Effects
Crew Alister Mazzotti Stunts
Lighting Michael Koschorreck Lighting Technician
Camera Hagen Keller Still Photographer
Lighting Jürgen Ruge Lighting Technician
Lighting Michael Röska Gaffer
Crew Sylvain Coutandin Post Production Assistant
Editing Olivia Retzer Assistant Editor
Art Thomas Duchnicki Location Scout
Production Christine Haupt Production Coordinator
Production Sally Steele Publicist
Art Martin Zillger Location Scout
Production Eva Simonet Publicist
Production Dirk Hamm Co-Producer

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  • Critics Consensus: Unlike more traditional spy films, The Lives of Others doesn't sacrifice character for cloak and dagger chases, and the performances (notably that by the late Ulrich Muhe) stay with you.

  • "The Lives of Others" is a powerful but quiet film, constructed of hidden thoughts and secret desires. It begins with Wiesler teaching a class in the theory and practice of interrogation; one chilling detail is that suspects are forced to sit on their hands, so that the chair cushion can be saved for possible use by bloodhounds.

  • The Lives of Others was released in 2006 . Unfailingly intelligent, the film shows up the perversion of language under authoritarian regimes: the word "blacklisted" is itself blacklisted, while state officials pride themselves on "our humanistic system".

  • The Lives of Others movie reviews & Metacritic score: At once a political thriller and human drama, The Lives of Others begins in East Berlin in 1984, five y...

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  • The Lives of Others is about a Stasi man who shows a little mercy. Impossible, says Anna Funder. The GDR spies couldn't have done it - and wouldn't have wanted to.

  • The Lives of Others is a very different experience to Good Bye Lenin!, the funny and much-admired satire from 2003 on East Germany's collapse which, frankly, came close to indulging the shabby communist regime.