In 1984, Communist East Germany, every kind of human action is strictly controlled and monitored by the government. Captain Gerd Wiesler is one of the top agents of the state police, and for his next mission he must spy on a playwright who may be a threat to the government…
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La trama è interessante e sviluppata con intelligenza. Bel parallelismo fra la spia Gerd e lo spettatore nell'osservare lo scrittore. Gerd vive la sua vita da spettatore. Veramente un bel personaggio. Ambientazione ben fatta e che dà un forte senso di insicurezza, essendo dominata dalla diffidenza. Bellissimo finale. Ottima regia che ritma bene il racconto e gli dà una forte impronta emotiva.Attori veramente in forma
This is at the complete other end of the spectrum to a narrated film, nothing is said rather it is suggested beautifully in each character's subtle movements, hesitations and in their eyes. The characters hushed but not stifled emotions fit the story of East Berlin perfectly. Do not dismiss this film, It is a gem.
9/10. A haunting fairy tale from East Berlin, impeccably reconstructing DDR artists' homes and Stasi men's workplaces for posterity. Took a while to get me emotionally; then, very moving in the denouement. A reminder of how poorly social status, in any time or place, reflects human greatness and integrity. The performances by Mühe—who, unsettlingly, died a year later—and Tukur are phenomenal. Essential viewing.
Pervasive surveillance is disgraceful, but it's still happening all the time. This film is a cautionary tale up there with 'Citizenfour'. East Germany's Stasi are chillingly portrayed, and the central narrative is utterly profound. Unquestionably important cinema.
Absolutely brilliant writing. Profound story and complex characters. Full of strong allusions to philosophy and literature, this is not a work to be taken lightly. Every shot was like a masterclass in lighting and/or camera positioning/movement. I thoroughly enjoyed this.
The film wisely and effectively aligns us with Wiesler; he is as jaded and unimpressed on the outset as most seasoned cinephiles. Like him, however, we develop protective, compassionate feelings for the idyllic lovers Dreyman and Sieland. "Can anyone who has heard this music, truly heard it, be a bad person?" Voyeurism isn't creepy or negative here. Sometimes cinema can lead to a crucial understanding of empathy.