This past summer I did a post on the movies of Robin Williams and how life change will happen through interconnected relationships. I still believe that. But I also wanted to present an abridgement to that idea as shown in last years academy award winning The Lives of Others (winner of best foreign language film, from Germany).
In the film (spoiler alert) an East-German secret police man overseas surveillance over a dramatist in the years prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Yet while this secret policeman, Wiesler, performs surveillance his very strong pro-GDR stance is weekend, largely by the power of art, music, and the written word.
This is a beautiful moving, and very deserving of all the praise it's received. And I believe in it's thesis that art can change us. The movie draws forth a Lenin quote saying, "If I had listened to Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata more, I might not have finished the Revolution." In this way, life imitates art in the film and over time someone who wants to protect the state interest, suddenly is willing to go against the state to protect something that he thinks is beautiful.
Is the idea that art can change us real or just a romantic notion?
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