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“The Lives of Others” at SUNY Oswego, 10/7

1 October 2009

The Academy Award winning German film, The Lives of Others (Dan Leben der Anderen) will be screened on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30 PM in the Campus Center Auditorium (118) on the SUNY Oswego campus.

The 2006 film, directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck,

set in East Berlin, mostly during the mid-1980s, chronicles the consequences of the Minister of Culture’s decsion to investigate a successful playwright…and his actress lover…. Those profoundly affected by the bugging of the couple’s apartment are not only the artists and their friends, but the surveillance expert in charge of the operation [played by Ulrich Mühe], who comes to question the ethics of his work for the Stasi. The complex, lucid script and the sombre noir camerawork establish an atmosphere of fear, doubt and suspicion, and the superb performances ensure that this taut thriller succeeds as convincing (if controversial) historical re-creation and as a compelling tale of individuals tragically shaped by the society in which they live. (Time Out Film Guide)

The film runs 138 minutes; the screening (presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures) is free.

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