Decomposition of the Soul (2007)
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Critic Reviews for Decomposition of the Soul
There are touching interviews with a couple of former inmates, who were 'reeducated' for years after they were caught trying to help people attempting to escape to West Germany after the Berlin Wall went up.
Decomposition bears powerful, uncompromising witness to man's inhumanity to man, which is one of the most important things any documentary can do, though, it's also one of the most grueling.
Too slow and morbid for American viewers without an existing interest in the subject.
A thorny subject is handled with care in this meticulous reconstruction of life inside the East German police state, as boiled down to the experiences of just two ex-inmates.
The Decomposition of the Soul tackles the unsettling topic of the East German Stasi in a way that might make your flesh crawl.
Audience Reviews for Decomposition of the Soul
[font=Century Gothic]"The Decomposition of the Soul" is an insightful documentary about the East German State Police, the Stasi, and the pretrial prisons where people would be kept while awaiting trials for months at a time. Through interrogation and coercion, the Stasi would attempt to break the prisoners psychologically. It seems attempts to break people were not always successful, even if there were deleterious side effects years later.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]In the documentary, two of the former prisoners, Sigrid Paul and Hartmut Richter, visit the former prisons to talk about their ordeals while other evidence is given by declassified government documents. It is interesting to note that they were both at least tangentially involved with people escaping to the West.(Were these the main crimes the Stasi was interested in?) [/font]
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