TCC Films: The Lives of Others

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The Lives of Others

 The Lives of Others won the Academy Award in 2007 for best Foreign Language film. Superbly written, acted and directed, it may be one of the best movies of all time. The film tells the story of an East German Stasi officer, Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler, who was assigned to spy on the communist playwright Georg Dreyman in order to bring him down. The secret police bug Dreyman’s apartment and begin reporting on his daily activities, but as officer Wiesler listens to the unfolding of the playwright’s life, his conscience is pricked, and he finds that he begins to feel compassion for the man he is supposed to destroy. The moral and political questions raised by this film are as relevant today as ever. This film asks its viewers to decide when civil disobedience is called for. As Americans debate the legality and morality of the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program, among other things, The Lives of Others deserves to be watched and discussed. This film is rated R. Watch the trailer after the jump: