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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... diane carson after the fall of the berlin wall on 9 November 1989, previously guarded details about the repressive East German regime gradually became accessible. Most importantly, the passage of the 1991 Stasi Records Act permitted access to the most appalling and revealing files of the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (MfS) [Ministry for State Security]. Called the Stasi (a nickname taken from Staatssicherheit), the East German secret police, from their headquarters in East Berlin, maintained an extensive surveillance network with agents and informants infiltrating virtually every aspect of public and private life. A firsthand witness as a young, uncomprehending boy to the emotional impact of the Stasi, writer/director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck remembered trips from his home in West Germany to visit relatives in East Berlin: As a boy of eight, nine or ten, I found it interesting and exciting to feel the fear of adults. My parents were afraid when they crossed the border: they were both born in the East and thus were more closely controlled by the police. And our friends from East Germany were afraid when other people saw that they were speaking with us, Germans from the West. (Sony 8) With his haunting memories 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

Journal of Film and Video , Volume 62 (1) – Feb 21, 2010

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diane carson after the fall of the berlin wall on 9 November 1989, previously guarded details about the repressive East German regime gradually became accessible. Most importantly, the passage of the 1991 Stasi Records Act permitted access to the most appalling and revealing files of the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (MfS) [Ministry for State Security]. Called the Stasi (a nickname taken from Staatssicherheit), the East German secret police, from their headquarters in East Berlin, maintained an extensive surveillance network with agents and informants infiltrating virtually every aspect of public and private life. A firsthand witness as a young, uncomprehending boy to the emotional impact of the Stasi, writer/director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck remembered trips from his home in West Germany to visit relatives in East Berlin: As a boy of eight, nine or ten, I found it interesting and exciting to feel the fear of adults. My parents were afraid when they crossed the border: they were both born in the East and thus were more closely controlled by the police. And our friends from East Germany were afraid when other people saw that they were speaking with us, Germans from the West. (Sony 8) With his haunting memories

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Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Feb 21, 2010

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