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Outline of the Lives of Others

Outline of the Lives of Others

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 Eulo 1Joseph Eulo ©Professor Loren-Paul CaplinNSRW 2800B: Script Analysis28 October 2010
Outline of The Lives of Others (2007) 138 min
Directed and Written by FlorianHenckel von Donnersmarck
 
P
remise
:Ahardnosed Stasi operative, Captain Wiesler, is assigned to monitora well know playwright, Dreyman,and his girlfriend: Christa. In the process he finds out that he is being used to dig up dirt, in order toremoveDreyman, as a rival for a party leader who lustfully desires to have Christa all to himself. As Wiesler listensin he is unable to detect anything to arouse serious suspicion and becomes gets more and more involved in theirpassionate lives more than he ever has been in his own. He chances upon Dreyman engaging in a genuine,punishable act of sedition and becomes conflicted in what he must do
Theme
(s): Passion, Humanity, Search for Belonging, Doing the right thing even if it means to break rules,
Main Character
(s):Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe)
 
Outer Goal
: To get Dreyman
 
I
nner Goal:
To find passion in his dull existenceChrista-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck)
 
Outer Goal
: to be an artist, to be loved
 
I
nner Goal:
to preserve her status as the darling actress of the GDRGeorg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch)
 
Outer Goal
: To not rock the boat.
 
I
nner Goal:
To take a stand against the political machine that took the life away from his friends.
Emotional Engine:
 
 Eulo 2
A
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I
: THE SET UP (25%)
 
B
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A
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Scene/
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0:56
 
Ordinary World

Meet MajorCharacter
Meet Gerd WIESLER (Ulrich Mühe), captain of East German secret police Stasi.Interrogating a prisoner, and demonstrating interrogation techniques to students.When we meet Wiesler he is a battle hardened soldier of the GDR machine, A methodological by the book, programmed Stasi interrogator. Agent of the state through and through.
6:00
 
Meet Wiesler's superior, Anton
GRU
BI
TZ
(Ulrich Tukur) Lieutenant Colonel of the Stasiand Head of the Culture Department. Invites Wiesler to the theater.
 
6:51
Call to
A
dventure
I
nciting
I
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Wiesler and Grubitz arrive at Theater, we meet Minister Bruno Hempf (Thomas Thieme),and writer and popular GDR playwright Georg
D
REYM
AN
(Sebastian Koch), Wiesler issuspicious of him, and is out to get him. Play begins
8:02
Goal of MainCharacter
Meet Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck)a prominent stage actress, performing onstage, Dreymans girlfriend, Hempfs Desire, and reasons why Dreyman is monitored bythe Stasi (Wiesler).Wiesler, expresses interest in monitoring Dreyman..
10:08
 
Tone/Style
Grubitz meets Hempf, both suspicious of Dreyman, Hempf orders a secret and limitedsurveillance of Dreymans home. (he has powerful ties) Hempf is being careful, Wieslerswish is being granted.
 
12:08
 
Turning
P
oint
Dreyman and Christa-Maria dancing at party, toast given to them by Hempf, Grubitz andWiesler in corner observing. Dreyman speaking with Hempf about the blacklisting of adirector named Jerska
18:42
 
Wiesler begins surveillance of Dreyman, monitors his movements to and from his home.Notices Christa-Maria exiting a limo, takes down the plate number.Next day, enters Dreymans apartment to bug it.
23:14
 
Dreyman visits a Jerska a blacklisted Director who has been forbidden from doing hiswork. Unhappy, depressed, and feels like he is Nothing, Dreyman tries to give himhope
26:02
 

Set up
Wiesler, arrives in the attic of Dreymans building were all of his monitoring equipmentis set up, he plugs in and begins to listenAs Dreyman arrives home to Christa-Mariadecorating the apartment for his birthday party..
30:04
 

D
ramatic Situation
A
ct
B
reak
 
The first guest rings the doorbell, Dreyman exits to see let them in, and Christa-Mariadowns a few pills from a vial in her coat pocketCut toapartment filled with guest, and party in progress, a couple arrives bearing gifts,Dreyman, notices Jerska there sitting by himself reading a Brecht book, and approachesand sits next to him. Jerska hands him his present wrapped in brown paper.
 
 Eulo 3
 ACT II:
The development (50%)
B
eat#/TimeHerosJourneyCharacter Goals /Theme/
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Scene/
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32:1533:05
25%
Paul Hasuer arguing with Egon Schwalber a director, accusing him of being a Stasiinformant. Dreyman breaks it up arguing with Paul about him, Paul upset prepares toleave. Paul tells Dreyman, to take a stand, and take action, if he does call him, and if notnever speak to him againWiesler listening begins to type his reportCut toApartment, guest are gone, Dreyman and Christa-Maria opening presents, opensJerskas sheet music  A Sonata for A Good Man they both begin to undress then.Cut to Wiesler typing in report on typewriterWiesler is relieved and then goes home
35:45
 
Next dayWiesler looking up Jerskas record, meets up with Grubitz, they have lunch,talk about the car who brought Christa-Maria home, it belongs to Hempf , told that topofficials can not be monitored, entry removed from report, and all reports in future willbe oral.They realize they are helping a committee member get rid of Dreyman so he can haveChrista-Maria to himself.Realize what could happen to their careers if they find something on Dreyman. Wieslerquestions Grubitz reasoning and reminds him of the oath they took.. Cut to JOKES
40:50
Crossing the1
st
Threshold
Test,
A
llies,Enemies 
Christa-Maria picked up by Hempf, he forces himself on her, she doesnt resist, Car pullsup to residenceWiesler interferes, rings Dreymans bell to give him the bitter truth and Dreymanwalks out and sees Christa-Maria exit Hempfs carDreyman is distraught about what he found outChrista-Maria is visibly disturbed by theexperienceWiesler caught dozing, leaves for home, desperate for intimacy calls up a GDP hooker,who provides with the physical intimacy and leaves him without the emotional intimacyhe longs for
 
In this scene, Wiesler begins to feel, to breakaway from the mechanicalness of the State. This is when he begins to give in to his humanity, anddevelops empathy.
49:34
A
pproach 
Wiesler gets the Bretch Book from Dreymans Apartment. Dreyman finds out the Paulcannot get a travel permit to lecture in the west, Dreyman sides with GDRs decision,and its noted in the report by the person monitoring his conversation.Wiesler reading the Brecht book
 
Wiesler begins to break the rules and read what was once forbidden for him to consume, this opens the lock to his heart and permits him to feelpassion for his fellow man.
51:56
 
Supreme Ordeal
 
Dreymans gets the news that his friend Jerska hung himself, distraught, and saddenedby the news he begins to play the Sonata Jerska gave him for his birthday.Wiesler is listening, saddened and enchanted by the Sonatatears streaming down hischeeksDreyman then says Can anyone who has heard this music, I mean truly heard it, reallybe a bad person?
 
The Sonata effected Wiesler emotionally, we can see that he has come to the threshold of his humanity, and begins to care for his fellow man, this isevident in the next beat

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