December 02, 2008

The perfect writer's date movie?

Florian Henckel van Donnersmarck’s The Lives of Others, a film that suggests, in the face of all contrary evidence, that writers are,

a)     Caring and accomplished lovers

b)     Snappy dressers

c)      Crusaders for individual freedom, justice and human rights in the face of a faceless totalitarian regime

d)     Geniuses whose works will, as a matter of course, outlive political powers

and which also implies, by contrasting the life of the playwright Dreyman with that of Wiesler’s Stasi eavesdropper, that somehow writers aren’t wallflowers or voyeurs but people who ACT...


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  1. James H

    Florian Henckel van Donnersmarck does not write ‘date movies’ his name simply does not allow it. Although, I would suggest a different perfect writer’s date movie, it is not one movie in particular, the only criterion that it needs to fulfill is that it is unheard of by your date. Therefore, the perfect writer’s date movie is one that you can claim you have written. Who needs spiked wine and a puppy when you have ‘written’ the first half of the evenings entertainment.

    09 Dec 2008, 11:28

  2. Until you forget what happens at the end, I suppose…

    09 Dec 2008, 15:15

  3. J

    If all goes well Jon, you should know what happens in the end, it is a ‘date movie’ after all.

    10 Dec 2008, 16:30

  4. Condom Girl

    If all goes well you should have paid more attention to your date and less to the film – in which case it really don’t matter if Florian Henckel van Donnersmarck is a genius whose works will, as a matter of course, outlive political powers

    All power to the viewer (and dater) Condom Girl

    11 Jan 2009, 00:09


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