The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others, written and directed by Florian Henckel Donnersmarck.
Academy Award Winner of the Best Foreign Language of 2006

William F. Buckley Jr. wrote in his syndicated column that after the film was over, “I turned to my companion and said, ‘I think that this is the best movie I ever saw.'” *

I agree with Buckley, it is an awesome movie.

The story has so many intricately woven layers, each one adding depth to a narrative of an oppressive society and man’s desire to act out of his free will, to create.

In 1982, I was 30. I well remember reading about the GDR and the repressive socialist society which had pared humanity down into numbers. And, everyone in East Germany knew that the walls had ears. I don’t think recent college graduates even know about these things – they are even now voicing support for socialism under the cover of social justice. The Ministry for State Security (the Stasi) would love these kids. On campuses, this movie should be required viewing instead of reading progressive Howard Vinn’s diatribes of American history.

It took Ronald Reagan, in his 1987 Brandenburg Gate speech, to put into words the demolition needed to restore freedom from the tyranny of communism and socialism: “Tear down this wall!”

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Recent examples of the same type of government as depicted in The Lives of Others:

Government dependency via Public unions:


“Machines will definitely be able to observe us and understand us better. Where that leads is uncertain. “

HARTMUT NEVEN, a computer scientist and vision expert at Google.


Viewer warning:  there is nudity and a scene of sexual nature in this movie.

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