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The Lives of Others is a 2006 German drama film, marking the feature film debut of filmmaker Florian Henckel von Doonersmarck, about the monitoring of East Berlin residents by agents of the Stasi, the GDR's secret police. It stars Ulrich Muhe as Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler, Ulrich Tukur as his superior Anton Grubitz, Sebastian Koch as the playwright Georg Dreyman, and Martina Gedeck as Dreyman's lover, a prominent actress named Christa-Maria Sieland. Released 17 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, marking the end of the East German socialist state, it was the first notable drama film about the subject after a series of comedies such as Goodbye Lenin! and Sonnenalle. Many former East Germans were stunned by the factual accuracy of the film's set and atmosphere, which accurately portrayed a state that merged with West Germany and ceased to exist 16 years prior to the release. The film's authenticity was also considered notable given that the director grew up outside of East Germany and was only 16 when the Berlin Wall fell. The film is in German with English subtitles
Duration: 138 minutes