Sat., March 29, 2014
From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Marina Branch Library:
190 Seaside Cir., Marina, CA 93933
Discussion afterwards led by Mark Carbonaro, Manager of KION-1460 AM Radio Station. Free to the public. You can bring food.
This Oscar-winning thriller (Best Foreign Language Film, 2006) tells the erotic story of an East German couple whose every intimate moment is being monitored by the Secret Police hoping to learn information that could destroy their lives.
This first-rate thriller, like Bertolucci's The Conformist and Coppola's The Conversation, opts for character development over car chases. The place is East Berlin, the year is 1984, and it all begins with a simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe in a restrained, yet deeply felt performance), a Stasi officer and a specialist in this kind of thing, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch, Black Book), a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck, Mostly Martha). Though Dreyman is known to associate with the occasional dissident, like blacklisted director Albert Jerska (Volkmar Kleinert), his record is spotless. Everything changes when Wiesler discovers that Minister Hempf (Thomas Thieme) has an ulterior motive in spying on this seemingly upright citizen. In other words, it's personal, and Wiesler's sympathies shift from the government to its people--or at least to this one particular person…, The Lives of Others is always elegant, never confusing. It's class with feeling. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Liberty Movie Night is sponsored by the Libertarian Party of Monterey County and co-sponsored by Libertarians for Peace.