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Hannah Arendt

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Margarethe von Trotta

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Plot Summary

In the award-winning Hannah Arendt, the sublime Barbara Sukowa reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta (Vision, Rosa Luxemburg) for a brilliant new biopic of the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann - controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils introduced her now-famous concept of the “Banality of Evil.” Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, von Trotta beautifully turns the often-invisible passion for thought into immersive, dramatic cinema. An Official Selection at the Toronto International and New York Jewish Film Festivals, Hannah Arendt also co-stars Klaus Pohl as philosopher Martin Heidegger, Nicholas Woodeson as New Yorker editor William Shawn, and two-time Oscar Nominee Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs) as novelist Mary McCarthy.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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88%
  • Reviews Counted: 64
  • Fresh: 56
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [Barbara Sukowa] invests Arendt with a steely fury, but the film, set during and after the 1961 trial of ex--Nazi official Adolf Eichmann, has an entertaining cocktail-banter superficiality. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Oct 4, 2013

Fresh: Balanced portrayal, makes a persuasive case that Arendt was a valuable voice, whose dedicated work in trying to unravel the causes of Europe's moral collapse was worthy of study and consideration. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 1, 2013

Fresh: Mixed bag, fascinating in its treatment of the Eichmann case, but stilted in its treatment of Arendt and her coterie. – John Anderson, Newsday, Jun 20, 2013

Fresh: Like A Hidden Method, David Cronenberg's drama about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, Hannah Arendt takes seriously the life of the mind. – Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times, Aug 16, 2013

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Customer Reviews

One of the best ever!

This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I was completely spellbound. The acting was superb. There wasn’t a weak character portrayed in the entire film. I was so moved by the movie that I bought Arendt’s book on totalitarianism. She was an intellectual giant and this film is a great tribute to her life.

Good, Thoughtful Movie

This is a well done, well crafted movie. Gives a great insight into Hannah Arendt's classic phrase - "The Banality of Evil". The only criticism - the amount of smoking that is portrayed is almost disturbing. Minor carp, I concede.

Hannah Arendt is superb

Wonderfully acted, compelling. Watch it with someone, you will want to discuss it after

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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