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Hannah Arendt

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Margarethe von Trotta

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About the Movie

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


  • Reviews Counted: 68
  • Fresh: 60
  • 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: 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

Fresh: Barbara Sukowa delivers a beautifully modulated performance, showing the rigor of Arendt's thought and convictions while revealing the contours of a passionate woman with complex relationships. – Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Oct 11, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Hannah Arendt is superb

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

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.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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