Hannah Arendt

dir. Margarethe von Trotta

Hannah Arendt

dir. Margarethe von Trotta

Hannah Arendt

dir. Margarethe von Trotta

Hannah Arendt

dir. Margarethe von Trotta

Hannah Arendt

dir. Margarethe von Trotta

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The great Barbara Sukowa stars in Margarethe von Trotta's fascinating biography of the influential philosopher and political theorist, whose reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann led to her famous concept of the "banality of evil."

Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2012

German auteur Margarethe von Trotta has long been fascinated by history's great women, from twelfth-century Christian mystic Hildegard von Bingen to Marxist firebrand Rosa Luxemburg. With her new film, she tackles a crucial episode in the life of another great twentieth-century icon: the German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, as magnificently incarnated by von Trotta's frequent collaborator, the great Barbara Sukowa. Chronicling Arendt's visit to Jerusalem in 1961 to cover the trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Nazis' genocidal "Final Solution" during World War II, von Trotta brilliantly dramatizes the process by which Arendt began to formulate what would be her most lasting, and controversial, contribution to contemporary political thought: the "banality of evil," evil not as diabolical intent but as unthinking, almost offhanded ignorance of the consequences of one's actions. Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving together an involving narrative that spans three countries, von Trotta turns the often invisible passion of thought into immersive, dramatic cinema.