The power of lives observed

Aug 02, 2014
“The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen)” stars Ulrich Mühe as Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler.

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with weekly screenings at the summer time of 7 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1.

The movies, hosted by Erika Pfander, have the theme Politics of Oppression in August. The Aug. 8 film is “Lives of Others,” a 2006 movie from Germany that runs 137 minutes.

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the Stasi  (secret police), conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. What he discovers dramatically changes their lives — as well as his — in this wonderful political thriller.

Upcoming in the series are: Aug. 15, “Moving the Mountain” (1994, UK/Canada); Aug. 22, “The Official Story” (1985, Argentina); Aug. 29, “Z” (1969, France/Algeria). Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served. The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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