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The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others (Original title: Das Leben der Anderen 2006) is an Oscar-winning drama about a high-profile artistic couple in East Germany being spied on by the Stasi (Staatssicherheit, literally security of the state, the secret service of the GDR). The officer in charge of the surveillance finds himself drawn into their lives more than his own.

William F. Buckley called it "the best movie I ever saw".[1]

Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, the drama shows the cultural scene of East Berlin in the 1980s, where agents of the Stasi pervaded everyday life.

The movie won several international awards, including the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Whereas The Godfather is cited by many as the cinema’s finest depiction of a hardening of the human heart, The Lives of Others may well be one of the cinema’s finest depictions of the softening of the human heart[2]


  1. Buckley, William F.. Great Lives. National Review.
  2. A Biscuit of Many Parts

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