Lives of Others
Original post made by movie person on May 11, 2007
Thus, when art uncovers some measure of knowledge (no matter how limited in historical context), brings it to our consciousness, and stirs our understanding of human failure and human possibility, then we need to share it and explore it.
Such art is the film, The Lives of Others, at the Guild Theater on El Camino Real in Menlo Park.
In reacting to the amazing power that this film exerted on me I looked up reviews on the Internet. One that amused me intensely reported that "Hollywood" was contemplating a remake of this film. This is as ridiculous (ignorant) as trying to remake The Conversation, or Casablanca for that matter.
One of the miracles of life is that we retain uniqueness in art; imitations of Bogart and Bergman (her image in that hat) are not possible. The transformation of reality into artistic triumph in The
Queen will not be imitated.
But, back to my main concern. Who will see this film. Will you?
on May 16, 2007 at 4:20 pm
I thought "The Lives of Others" was a remarkable film. (And as A&E editor of the Weekly, I read a lot of reviews.) To "Americanize" it would miss the point entirely. This is a European film taking a hard look at a chapter in Europe's history, with incredible courage.
The performance of Ulrich Muhe stood out the most for me. When an actor can convey so much with such subtlety, that shows incredible discipline, depth and understanding of the issues raised in the script.
on May 31, 2007 at 4:00 pm
If there was a flaw in this film, it was beyond my sensibilities. But I'm more of a book person than a film person. Pan's Labyrinth was quite good. Yes, The Queen, could be seen again. I didn't do well with Children of Men; the loud, throbbing sound, coupled w/some hand-held camera scenes was more than a bit much and sent me to the nearest trash cannister with what became the flu. Liked Little Miss Sunshine, a family is family no matter what film. Same for The Namesake which I didn't realize until the film was underway that it was from the story I had read, a sort of add-on pleasure.
on Jul 28, 2007 at 2:38 pm
I consider "Lives of Others" one of the best films I've ever seen and recommended it to everyone I know.
Unfortunately, I don't think it's still playing in the area and my friends didn't have time to see it when it was.