How LIVES of OTHERS is Breaking the Fourth Wall; and the Dilemma Between Duty and Being a Good Man

Lives of Others - Das Leben Der Anderen (2006) is based on one of the fundamental tricks of storytelling in dramatic structure: dramatic irony. Dramatic irony means that the audience knows something the characters don’t know; in this film the audience knows that the characters are under surveillance. There is a very sweet Brechtian element … Continue reading How LIVES of OTHERS is Breaking the Fourth Wall; and the Dilemma Between Duty and Being a Good Man

THE PIANO: Piano as The Object of Desire

Jane Campion’s The Piano (1993) leaves me with an outburst of emotions every time I watch it. It flows poetically, with its vigorous but sentimental music, dark but dreamlike atmosphere and silent but extremely loud main character Ada (Holly Hunter). Ada’s muteness makes her all the louder, as the characters around her grow desperate to … Continue reading THE PIANO: Piano as The Object of Desire