Sunday, May 09, 2010

The Lives of Others

Michael and I vaguely remembered that The Lives of Others won scores of awards in 2006 and 2007, but we had no idea how crucial music (playing it and about listening to it) was to the film. The clip below is the central life-changing moment of the film. If you don't want to have anything of the plot given away (highly recommended), scroll over to the one-minute mark and stop when the piece is over (at 2' 10"). Sebastian Koch, the actor who plays the piano piece, practiced four hours a day for six weeks to be able to play this piece by Gabriel Yared.

1 comment:

Danish said...

After watching
The Lives of Others, I remember about East Berlin, November 1984. Five years before its downfall the GDR seeks to maintain its power with the help of a merciless system of control and observation. When Oberstleutnant Anton Grubitz puts loyal Stasi-Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler on to the famous writer Georg Dreymann and his girlfriend Christa Maria Sieland who is a famous actress herself, he expects career advancement for himself. For most important politicians are responsible for this "operative act".