The Lives Of Others

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Every once in a while you see a movie that reminds you that films can be works of art. Most that I see aren’t close to that.

Last night The Gotham Gal and I went down to the Angelika to see The Lives Of Others (Leben der Anderen, Das).

This is one of the best movies I have seen in a long long time. That’s what my friend David said the morning after he saw it a couple weeks ago. And he was so right.

The movie is nominally about life in East Germany right before the Berlin wall fell. But like all great films, it’s about way more than that. It’s about love, betrayal, power, corruption, and the ability of the human spirit to rise above all of that.

If you live in NYC or Los Angeles, you can see the movie now. Hopefully it will play in the rest of the country as this is a great film that everyone should see.