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Topic - The Lives of Others

Hugh J - on 10 Nov 2012
(Das Leben Der Anderen) Another thread got me thinking about this film. Possibly one of the greatest films of all time in my opinion. It won a Oscar for the "Best Foreign Language Film" and many other awards, but possibly would have wiped the floor at the Oscars if it had been an English speaking film.

Ulrich Mühr's performance as the "cold", yet tragic Stasi officer Weisler is just breath-taking brilliant, though there is not a single week performance/character throughout - a sign of the superb directing for von Donnersmarck. There are so many intricate nuances, the boy with the ball in the lift, the jokes in the canteen (check to see who tells Weisler the wall has come down), Weisler in Dreyman's flat, the self-murder narrative, the red thumbprint and the ending is so poignant!

Anyone else seen it? Or does anyone else know of other films that would have wiped the floor with the Hollywood trash if wasn't for the temerity of not speaking Amuuuurican!
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