The Lives of Others

Alone in Berlin by

translated by Michael Hofman Given all the tragedy, destruction, and horrors of World War II I don’t often stop to consider what life was like for...

The Book Thief by

At the end of the nineteen thirties in Germany a little girl travelled with her mother and brother on the train. The children were being sent...

Rose Under Fire by

It is 1944 and American pilot Rose Justice is working in England, she has joined the ATA and is hard at work transporting planes for the...

Bitter seeds by

Book one in the Milkweed Triptych In a remote part of Germany a doctor has been hard at work, he has had plenty of test subjects,...

Sorry by

translated from the German by Shaun Whiteside. Seeing a couple break-up in public Kris goes over to apologise to the woman. He tells her that her...

The Lives of Others dir. by

In 1984 in East Germany the secret police, or Stasi were everywhere, watching everything. This film details the activities of one officer, Wiesler, as he monitored a popular playwright. Wiesler doesn’t believe that Dreyman could possibly be as pro the party as he makes out. Too arrogant. So he suggests keeping him under surveillance, just in case. His superior officer doesn’t agree, at first, but then Minister Bruno Hempf mentions that perhaps he isn’t such a fan, and that perhaps Dreyman isn’t a favourite. It turns out that Hempf is more than interested in Dreyman’s girlfriend, the actress Christa-Maria Sieland, and so would like nothing better than to remove his rival by having him arrested and taken away.