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The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) (2006)


This fine film (I had to wait 10 years) is set in 1983 East Berlin, Stasi Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler, doubts that playwright Georg Dreyman is loyal to the Communist Party, and receives approval to spy on him and his actress-lover Christa-Maria. Wiesler becomes unexpectedly sympathetic to the couple, then faces conflicting loyalties when his superior takes a liking to Christa-Maria and orders Wiesler to get Dreyman out-of-the-way.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Screenplay: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Die Sonate vom guten menschen is composed by Gabriel Yared and Stephane Moucha. From the scene where Georg Dreyman is told his friend Jerksa has hung himself. He sits down at the piano and plays this piece, as Stasi Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler listens in and is moved.

“Can anyone who has heard this music, I mean truly heard it, really be a bad person?”

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