Ignorance is sweeping the world.
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?