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Hannah Arendt (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Led by a powerful performance from Barbara Sukowa, Hannah Arendt does a commendable job of dramatizing the life of a complex public figure.

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The sublime Barbara Sukowa reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta (Vision, Rosa Luxemburg) for her brilliant new biopic of influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. Arendt's reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker-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 of 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, Nicolas Woodeson as New Yorker editor William Shawn, and two-time Oscar Nominee Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs) as novelist Mary McCarthy. (c) Zeitgeist

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Cast

Barbara Sukowa
as Hannah Arendt
Axel Milberg
as Heinrich Blücher
Janet McTeer
as Mary McCarthy
Julia Jentsch
as Lotte Köhler
Nicholas Woodeson
as William Shawn
Ulrich Noethen
as Hans Jonas
Klaus Pohl
as Martin Heidegger
Michael Degen
as Kurt Blumenfeld
Victoria Trauttmansdorff
as Charlotte Beradt
Megan Gay
as Francis Wells
Tom Leick
as Jonathan Schell
Harvey Friedman
as Thomas Miller
Friederike Becht
as Young Hannah Arendt
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Critic Reviews for Hannah Arendt

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (21)

Hannah Arendt is ultimately a pleasure, because Sukowa plays the most forbidding of intellectuals as a fabulous, passionate doll.

Full Review… | December 31, 2015
Tablet
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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.

Full Review… | October 11, 2013
Chicago Reader
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[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.

Full Review… | October 4, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
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Von Trotta's direction is assured and the film has an incredibly strong performance at its core, and it asks a number of important questions, even though it doesn't dare to answer them.

Full Review… | August 21, 2013
RogerEbert.com
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Like A Hidden Method, David Cronenberg's drama about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, Hannah Arendt takes seriously the life of the mind.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
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In an era of sleepwalking surrender, "Hannah Arendt" is a welcome wake-up call, a ringing reminder that warring forces first assemble on the battlefield of conscience.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Audience Reviews for Hannah Arendt

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While the dialogue is at times repetitive and even expository, the rather elliptic plot suffers from the fact that the protagonist remains a nearly inscrutable puzzle during most of the time - but by the end when her motivations are finally made clear, it all fits perfectly into place.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A German-Jewish philosopher covers the Eichmann trial and garners fury for her reporting. It's quite rare to highlight philosophers and their work because it's difficult to raise academic concerns to the level of high drama. This film succeeds because it's a smart film for smart people -- people who can understand Arendt's concept of the "banality of evil." But it doesn't fully commit to its trust in the audience. While we get to see elements of the Eichmann trial from newsreel footage, we don't get inside the process of Arendt's observations. What about Eichmann led her to re-form how we think about morality and evil? Where does she see it, and how can the film show us her evidence? The performances are all strong in a steely-eyed, hyper-intellectual way but without much vulnerability from any of the characters. Overall, this is a strong, intelligent film.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

This is one of the few movies I've watched where I read the book first. A sophisticated piece that manages to keep its intellectual subject matter fresh and appealing. My only contention is that it depicts Arendt as an impossibly faultless human being and I would've liked to see a more balanced view there.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

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