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January 26, 2010
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures invites you to a free showing of 'Das Leben der Anderen,' a German film about two East German citizens who are under the watchful eye of a German secret services agent.
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is pleased to present German Film Night on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m in Eddy, Room 212.
The film Das Leben der Anderen (137 mins.), will be shown in German with English subtitles. The event is free and open to the public.
The film won an Oscar in 2007 for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year and has won 61 other awards, including a 2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Film Not in the English Language.
National Public Radio calls The Lives of Others (English title) a "potent narrative set in East Germany before the Berlin Wall fell.
"... its theme is the effects of political surveillance on the watchers and the watched. It turns that story into a python-tight embrace of tension and emotion that proves that moral dillemmas can be the most intensely dramatic quandries of all."
"The film is an inside look at how a society set up to discover and prey upon human weakness makes everyone a potential suspect and destroys everything it touches. The Lives of Others does all this beautifully, but it is too well-acted a film, too meticulously plotted and carefully directed, to be satisfied with that alone. It's also too smart to be content with telling anything like a familar story. Instead it places its key characters in high-stakes predicaments where what they are forced to wager is their talent, their very lives, even their souls."
Sponsored by the Department of Languages and Foreign Literatures.
Contact: Frankie Wilcox
Phone: (970) 310-7910