Sunday, February 10, 2008

Movie Review

I give "The Lives of Others", 5 stars out of five ...

The story takes place in the Soviet held portion of Germany behind the wall in the mid 1980's. It paints a dark picture of what it is like to live under surveillance by a secret police, always lurking, always wanting to know everything. Yet, the human side comes out, and the movie has a point.

Their wall fell, ours is being built around us. All Americans should view this movie to see where others have been and where we might be headed.

Police in the US, think they can take away a citizen's mate, ruin individuals and families at will, and can coerce sex and illegal acts out of citizens, so the citizen may avoid the retaliation and wrath of corrupt police. [example, a video of a typical US police informant under oath]

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The Lives of Others (original German: Das Leben der Anderen) is an Academy Award-winning German film, marking the feature film debut of writer and director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.

With The Lives of Others Donnersmarck won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film had earlier won seven Deutscher Filmpreis awards including best film, best director, best screenplay, best actor and best supporting actor, after having set a new record with 11 nominations. It was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 64th Golden Globe Awards.

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Former Leipzig District [East Germany] Stassi Headquarters. Now a museum.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For the regular police in East Germany, see Volkspolizei.
Ministerium für Staatssicherheit
Seal of the Ministry of State Security of the GDR
Seal of the Ministry of State Security of the GDR
Agency overview
Formed Feb. 8th, 1950
Headquarters East Berlin, GDR
Employees 68,000
Agency Executives Wilhelm Zaisser (1950–1953)

Ernst Wollweber (1953–1957)

Erich Mielke



The Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (Ministry for State Security), commonly known as the Stasi (abbreviation German: Staatssicherheit, literally State Security), was the official secret police of East Germany. The Stasi was headquartered in East Berlin, with an extensive complex in Berlin-Lichtenberg and several smaller facilities throughout the city. It was widely regarded as one of the most effective – and repressive – intelligence and secret police agencies in the world. The Stasi's motto was "Schild und Schwert der Partei" (Shield and Sword of the Party), showing its connections to the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED), the equivalent to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Another term used in earlier years to refer to the Stasi was Staatssicherheitsdienst (State Security Service or SSD).


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