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Last WordsConsidering Contemporary Cinema$
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Jason Wood

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171977

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171977.001.0001

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Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

(p.25) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Last Words

Jason Wood

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents an interview with writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. His first feature The Lives of Others (2006) paints a dark picture of life under the Communist regime in East Germany. Eschewing a purely historical approach by creating fictional characters, the film is part-thriller and part-love story, and offers a compelling tale of individuals whose lives and search for dignity are shaped by the society in which they live. The interview covered topics such as the three years which von Donnersmarck spent researching the period for the film, the kind of processes he went through, and why such accuracy was needed; Ulrich Muhe's explicit connection with the material; and the challenges posed by his decision to shoot on location wherever possible.

Keywords:   Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, The Lives of Others, interviews, film directors, filmmakers, filmmaking

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