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The Lives of Others (2006)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Rating:9.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by sedna on August 1st, 2013:Find all reviews by sedna
Was worth my time. Having a name like Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck you'd think this commentary is either in German or with a thick accent when neither are true. I read up on the director and found out he spent his time living in New York in his youth, so that explains the lack of accent. Anyway, von Donnersmarck begins the commentary by setting up the film with brief history on the period during which this film takes place. I could tell right away the man has done his research. Besides being well versed in the historical aspect, he essentially takes us through the entire film being very screen specific. He talks about the production design, the Stasi equipment, writing the screenplay, using well known German actors in 'bit roles', cinematography, learning from his editor on how to let a scene 'breathe' and not cut away until a proper moment. All in all, this is a perfect example of a nicely done commentary that tackles multiple aspects of the filmmaking process. Insightful, to say the least.