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Learning from History in The Lives of Others: An Interview with Writer/Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Learning from History in The Lives of Others: An Interview with Writer/Director Florian Henckel... Learning from History in The Lives of Others: An Interview with Writer/Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck diane carson af ter the fall of the berlin wall on 9 No- events and then six weeks writing a preliminary vember 1989, previously guarded details about screenplay while residing in a twelfth-century the repressive East German regime gradually monk’s cell in a Cistercian monastery in the became accessible. Most importantly, the pas- Vienna Woods where his uncle was Abbot. From sage of the 1991 Stasi Records Act permitted his recollections and his research, von Don- access to the most appalling and revealing files nersmarck constructed the suspenseful, heart- of the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (MfS) breaking Das Leben der Anderen [The Lives of [Ministry for State Security]. Called the Stasi (a Others]. nickname taken from Staatssicherheit), the East The Lives of Others begins and takes place German secret police, from their headquarters primarily in 1984, ending in 1991 with an ironic in East Berlin, maintained an extensive sur- twist and an overwhelming final scene with an veillance network with agents and informants earned, lasting impact. Von Donnersmarck es- infiltrating virtually every aspect of public and chews distracting adornment and what would private life. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Film and Video University of Illinois Press

Learning from History in The Lives of Others: An Interview with Writer/Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

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University of Illinois Press
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1934-6018

Abstract

Learning from History in The Lives of Others: An Interview with Writer/Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck diane carson af ter the fall of the berlin wall on 9 No- events and then six weeks writing a preliminary vember 1989, previously guarded details about screenplay while residing in a twelfth-century the repressive East German regime gradually monk’s cell in a Cistercian monastery in the became accessible. Most importantly, the pas- Vienna Woods where his uncle was Abbot. From sage of the 1991 Stasi Records Act permitted his recollections and his research, von Don- access to the most appalling and revealing files nersmarck constructed the suspenseful, heart- of the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (MfS) breaking Das Leben der Anderen [The Lives of [Ministry for State Security]. Called the Stasi (a Others]. nickname taken from Staatssicherheit), the East The Lives of Others begins and takes place German secret police, from their headquarters primarily in 1984, ending in 1991 with an ironic in East Berlin, maintained an extensive sur- twist and an overwhelming final scene with an veillance network with agents and informants earned, lasting impact. Von Donnersmarck es- infiltrating virtually every aspect of public and chews distracting adornment and what would private life.

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Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Feb 21, 2010

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