This is a social satire made in the last days of East Germany's existence. It pokes fun at the elephantine and humorless way the ever-present bureaucracy thwarted even the tiniest manifestations of originality. In the story, an architect tries to get approval for a contract which will put him in charge of a major city project. If he can get it, his career will be assured. Before he can get very far, however, political events make a hash out of his whole situation. Other architects also try to get their projects through the bureaucracy and devise countless ways to try and slip something meaningful or original past the dutiful and hard-working guardians of the status-quo. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Really loved the movie "The architects". As an East German I can totally get it. this is exactly how that system worked. It wasn't so much the spying on everybody for political reasons. It was this total frustration that these old guys up in the government, who didn't even have a proper education, decided over everything and you could not change things for the better. Of course in the last years of the system, they also ran out of money. Which they would have earlier, hadn't the West German government not given them credits and supported the survival that way.
I just wonder whether Americans will understand what this movie is all about. I cannot imagine. Most of them don't know anything about East Germany and on top of it, this is all now 20 years ago.