‘ The Lives of Others’ : Important over-arching themes The transformative nature of art.

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The Lives of Others : Important over-arching themes The transformative nature of art. The human condition and what it means to be a good H uman Being. Hope that society and people can change. The transformative power of art - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<p>PowerPoint Presentation</p> <p>The Lives of Others: Important over-arching themes</p> <p>The transformative nature of art.</p> <p>The human condition and what it means to be a good Human Being.</p> <p>Hope that society and people can change.</p> <p>The transformative power of artThis is a theme of enormous importance in the film, made so by the central characters who are artists themselves. However, it is the protagonist Wiesler, who we see is truly transformed through the power of art.It was a quotation by Lenin that in fact inspired the director Von Donnersmark to visualise the story for The Lives of Others. </p> <p>I know nothing that is greater than the Appassionata I'd like to listen to it every day It is marvelous superhuman music. "But I can't listen to music too often. It affects your nerves, makes you want to say stupid nice things, and stroke the heads of people who could create such beauty while living in this vile hell. And now you must not stroke anyone's head: you might get your hand bitten off. You have to hit them on the head, without any mercy, although our ideal is not to use force against anyone. Vladimar Lenin</p> <p>The artist is the antenna of the race."Ezra Pound</p> <p>There is no must in art because art is free."Wassily Kandinsky</p> <p>We feel sorry for those who have the power to speak for art, and do not. We feel sorry for those whose souls are deaf to the voice of art. WASSILY KANDINSKYMusic</p> <p>Sonata for a Good Man original music composed for the film by Gabriel Yared. </p> <p>This is given to Dreyman by Jerska on his 40th birthday. Dreyman plays this music on the piano when he hears of Jerska suicide. As he plays, we see Wiesler in the roof listening. The camera pans around his face, allowing us to see a tear down one check. He is moved not only by the music that Dreyman is playing but by the way in which he is mourning for his friend.</p> <p>IMPT: Beethovens Appassionata is never actually played in the soundtrack of the film; however, when Dreyman finishes playing Sonata for a Good Man he references a famous quote by Lenin saying if he'd kept listening to Beethoven's Appassionata he'd never have finished the revolution. Then Dreyman asks, "Can anyone who has heard this music, I mean truly heard it, really be a bad person?It is like he is speaking directly to Wiesler. </p> <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r9W-FjyYss </p> <p>Stell dich mitten in ten RegenBy Bayon</p> <p>place yourself in the middle of the rain believe in the blessing of its dropsspin yourself in its whirringand try to be good</p> <p>place yourself in the middle of the windbelieve in it and be a childlet the storm come into youand try to be good</p> <p>place yourself in the middle of the firebelieve in its monstrosityin the red wine of the heartand try to be good Throughout this track we see all three main character, Dreyman, Wiesler and CMS, trying to be good.</p> <p>- Dreyman begins writing the Spiegel article speaking out against the GDR suicide statistics</p> <p>- Wiesler writes his own version of the play for the GDR anniversary that he has invented to cover for Dreyman</p> <p>- CMS chooses to stay with Dreyman instead of meeting Hempf. While both of them are in bed she says Now I am wholly yours. </p> <p>What words would you use to describe this music?Think about instrument, tone, key, pitch, tempo</p> <p>What emotive response does it cause you to feel as the audience?</p> <p>Literature</p> <p>Brecht: Bartol Brecht was a German writer who wrote a play called The Good Person of Szechwan about a prostitute who tries to live a morally good life.</p> <p> Jerska is reading a collection of Brecht poetry at Dreymans 40th. </p> <p>Wiesler steals this from Dreymans apartment after he has witnessed the love between Dreyman and CMS when Dreyman discovers her relationship with Minister Hempf. </p> <p>We see a close-up birdseye shot of Wiesler reclining on his couch, reading Brechts poetry. We see the hard lines of the furniture design in contrast with his soft facial expression and relaxed body language. </p> <p>The lines of the poems he reads is about love and we see that he craves the human closeness that is lacking in his life. </p> <p>1On a certain day in the blue-moon month of SeptemberBeneath a young plum tree, quietlyI held her there, my quiet, pale belovedIn my arms just like a graceful dream.And over us in the beautiful summer skyThere was a cloud on which my gaze restedIt was very white and so immensely highAnd when I looked up, it had disappeared.</p> <p>2Since that day many, many monthsHave quietly floated down and past.No doubt the plum trees were chopped downAnd you ask me: what's happened to my love?So I answer you: I can't remember.And still, of course, I know what you meanBut I honestly can't recollect her faceI just know: there was a time I kissed it.</p> <p>3And that kiss too I would have long forgottenHad not the cloud been present thereThat I still know and always will rememberIt was so white and came from on high.Perhaps those plum trees still bloomAnd that woman now may have had her seventh childBut that cloud blossomed just a few minutesAnd when I looked up, it had disappeared in the wind.</p> <p>-Bertolt Brecht, Remembrances of Marie A., in Die Hauspostille (1927) (S.H. transl.)Quotations about the power of art by Visual Artists.</p> <p>The artist is the antenna of the race."Ezra Pound</p> <p>There is no must in art because art is free."Wassily Kandinsky</p> <p>We feel sorry for those who have the power to speak for art, and do not. We feel sorry for those whose souls are deaf to the voice of art. WASSILY KANDINSKY</p>

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