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3.1
641 Ratings

Hannah Arendt

Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
Germany, France, 2012
Drama, History

Synopsis

Hannah Arendt is a portrait of the genius that shook the world with her discovery of “the banality of evil.” After she attends the Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem, Arendt dares to write about the Holocaust in terms no one has ever heard before…

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Hannah Arendt Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
It seems that through its assumptions of knowledge on the part of the audience, this movie was intended for an elite or German crowd, though its deep adherence to the stodgy conventions of the biopic would argue otherwise. It may be Katz’s inexperience as a screenwriter that led to so many creaky choices… What makes it worth seeking out is the very thing that may have made it seem undramatic in the eyes of its creators—the ideas Arendt formulated about the banality of evil.
November 03, 2013
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For me, part of the singularity of both Blücher and Arendt (whom I met only briefly, once in their Riverside Drive apartment) was the degree to which art, politics, philosophy, moral seriousness, and a remarkable passion for ethics interfaced in their discourse and lives with an unflagging intensity, and what I cherish most about von Trotta’s movie is the degree to which she — and, above all, Barbara Sukowa as Arendt — capture this.
October 11, 2013
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Hannah Arendt is best when worked up into fits of intellectual sparring that are so sublimely over-the-top, it’s clear von Trotta is having fun… [Yet] It meanders from screwball comedy to strident biopic to historical drama with no central thesis worthy of its philosophical subject.
September 26, 2013
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