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The Decomposition of the Soul

Nina Toussaint and Massimo Iannetta show Berlin-Hohensch√∂nhausen prison, formerly operated by East Germany's secret police, through the eyes of two ex-prisoners in this darkly poetic study of psychological brutality. Captured Stasi documents outline an applied science of breaking dissidents down mentally through sleep deprivation and marathon interrogations, driving the subject to “decomposition” in order to effect his “political-ideological recuperation.” The monstrous nature of the enterprise is well conveyed by lugubrious pans of the prison's cells and corridors. In German with subtitles. 2003, 82 min.

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