The Lives of Others Essay

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‘Das Leben der Anderen’ (The Lives of Others) is a striking example of how a director can convey narrative links within a film by employing various styles and film techniques. The Lives of Others relies upon these visual means to assist with the telling of the story as much as it relies upon the script. In this selected sequence of the film, several narrative links are drawn here to form the conclusion of ‘Operation Lazlo’. These narrative links are further cemented by Donnersmarck’s use of various lighting styles, diegtic and non-diegtic sound, revealing camera shots and intricate mise-en-scene. In order to analyse this sequence, the narrative links that are drawn here must be addressed. After Dreyman’s long-term friend commits…show more content…
The Stasi offer their insincere apologies and leave, unperturbed by the death surrounding them. At the beginning of the sequence, Dreyman and his good friend Hauser are shown walking together towards Dreyman’s apartment. Here, Donnersmarck uses a medium camera shot in order to establish the scene. This allows the spectator the ability to take in all aspects of the characters and their surroundings. The main focus is upon the two men, as there are no immediate points of interest in the background. Aside from rare glimpses of people passing by; the streets of East Germany are utterly devoid of life. This use of visual screenplay by Donnersmarck can be interpreted as a reference to the Stasi’s vice-like grip on the lives of the people residing in East Germany. Donnersmarck re-emphasises this through-out the film. There is no music within this portion of the sequence, only the diegetic natural sound of leaves blowing in the wind. Dreyman and Hauser’s conversation therefore stands out, and their solemn discussion is emphasised. The narrative link highlighted here is in regards to the Stasi’s search of Dreyman’s apartment the night before. Dreyman’s girlfriend, Christa-Maria, was noticeably absent from the apartment and has not been in contact. Dreyman’s friends discuss and fear the worst. They suspect that Christa-Maria has revealed to the Stasi that it was Dreyman who wrote the journal article that created havoc

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