The Lives of Others

Director:   Florian von Donnersmarck
Year:   2007
Language:   German
Time:   137 minutes

The lives of an East German playwright and a Stasi agent become entangled during the decline and fall of the communist regime in the 1980s.

This film received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Shown with English subtitles and rated R for some sexuality/nudity.

Post-film discussion led by John Splaine.


About the director.

A sampling of reviews.

Other background on the film.

An essay on the film and life in East Germany.