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½ October 16, 2017
Barbara Sukowa gave a powerful performance as one of the most influential political philosophers in the 20th century here. Hannah Arendt knows perfectly well of the rise of totalitarianism and delivered the concept of the evil of banality, meaning that everybody could have been as evil as Adolf Eichmann once they gave up thinking. And regrettably indeed, this idea is becoming more and more prominent in recent years.
April 29, 2017
Not too late to see the wonderful movie about Arendt. Though criticized by a lot, her theory about banality of evil is worthy of being spread in present times. Human with ability to think is real human being, otherwise he/she only performs a component in a big social machine. Today, the banality of evil has its modern demonstration like exquisite egoist or excellent sheep.
January 27, 2016
Banality of Evil. Thinking and especially philosophical thinking is hard. Fascinating, but hard.
December 27, 2015
La complejidad del pensamiento... Excelente actuación de Sukowa y una película muy bien hecha.
pensar nunca esta de más...
Super Reviewer
½ December 1, 2015
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.
½ September 13, 2015
A slightly slow moving look at the titular philosopher and her work on the trial of Adolf Eichmann. Barbara Sukowa is great as Arendt bringing her persuasive opinions starkly to the fore.
July 11, 2015
Good but not great story one of the 20th century's most controversial philosophers.
½ May 10, 2015
Thanks to fine performances and elegant direction, "Hannah Arendt" is an interesting, compelling, sometimes thrilling work centered around a woman often vilified for her unconventional (yet logically sound and undeniably fearless) thinking. The intellectual debates that play out on screen put the audience in a position akin to voluntarily taking a particularly engrossing college course. Subsequently, it is certainly not for everyone. Make no mistake: this is a dry movie. Quite a bit of time is devoted to watching Hannah look at a TV screen and a majority of the film's proceedings take place as a series of philosophical conversations about the human condition in relation to legality and morality. However, the moral questions about the mediocrity of those involved in dictatorial bureaucracies, the so-called "banality of evil", and the nature of guilt are supported by the film's confident, contemplative pace and make for stimulating viewing if you choose to engage with them. The final culmination of this ideological game is incredible enough to warrant the price of admission on its own.
March 8, 2015
A carefully selected IWD film. Two hours of watching Hannah Arendt smoking? Well, "Denken ist ein einsames Geschäft" as Heidegger says in the film.

This is also a low-key, intellectual biopic with interesting footage from the Eichmann trials in Israel. As for Arendt's private life the film respectfully focuses on her marriage but I want to find out more about her love affair and friendship with Heideggeregger!
February 26, 2015
I enjoyed the film without knowing all that much about Arendt. Human relationships and lots of intellectual debates, pretty talky, but I was very interested in it all. The film shows Arendt's life in New York City in the 1960s, her visit to Israel for the Eichmann trial, and a few flashbacks to her college days as a student of Heidegger. Her New Yorker articles about the Eichmann trial are the focus of the film. I couldn't help but think how much of the controversy resulted from jealous male colleagues, because she was a woman. She was constantly accused of being arrogant and selfish and unfeeling. Because she was a highly intelligent woman unwilling to apologize for or hide her smarts? Woman are not supposed to think, but only to feel, so a woman who subordinates her emotions to analysis might be very threatening. Some characters were even shown looking askance at her because she did not have children. These gender issues are not forefronted in the film, but another interesting layer.
January 19, 2015
Fascinating topic, yet somehow the film itself failed to fascinate.
½ December 26, 2014
Finally caught up with Margarethe von Trotta's absolutely wonderful HANNAH ARENDT. Anchored by a perfect performance from Barbara Sukowa, HANNAH ARENDT is a truly rare accomplishment--a film that seamlessly mingles the personal and professional while totally zeroing in on Arendt's philosophical conceptions. So many films about artists, great thinkers have failed in capturing the human being behind the art or in the opposite direction, ignoring the philosophy to depict the personal only. In HANNAH ARENDT all is combined magnificently, providing a 360 degree view of a truly great human being and showing us how the personal, political, and professional are all combined.
December 23, 2014
Sukowa does a great Arendt, and it shows how philosophy can still be radical and controversial, even outside the classroom.
November 16, 2014
The outstanding performance delivered by Barbara Sukowa completely overwhelms the film itself.
½ October 26, 2014
Hannah Arendt: The whole world is trying to prove that I'm wrong. And no one sees my real mistake. Evil cannot be both ordinary and radical. Evil is always extreme. Never radical. Good is always deep and radical.

Hannah Arendt es una figura controversial en la historia. A pesar de ser una filosofa reconocida por publicar trabajos tales como "Los Orígenes del Totalitarismo", saltó a la fama luego de ser enviada como corresponsal al juicio de Eichmann en Jerusalem. Al ser de orígenes judíos, las personas esperaban que entregara un artículo de apoyo a la comunidad, y nadie se esperaba lo que escribió. Arendt básicamente discutió que Echmann ni siquiera odiara a los judíos. Decía que única razón por la cual estos nazis cometieron estos terribles crímenes fue para poder avanzar en sus carreras, y en general eran burócratas normales, y también discutió que estos hombres eran personas tal como nosotros, y que cada uno tiene la capacidad de cometer crímenes terribles sólo por seguir ordenes y que no están conscientes de las consecuencias de sus actos, una teoría que ella llamó "La Banalidad del Mal". Pero lo más explosivo que escribió fue su crítica hacía ciertas líderes judíos durante el holocausto, y que si no hubiera sido por sus acciones, menos personas hubieran sido asesinadas. Varios de sus amigos y colegas rompieron relaciones con ella después de esté artículo.

Toda esta historia me pareció fascinante, porque habla de que durante tragedias, las personas simplemente buscan a algún culpable, y no existe espacio para la reflexión o la razón. Arendt fue esa figura que se atrevió a desafiar algo que todos daban por sentado, y sufrió las consecuencias por eso. Sobretodo dentro de la comunidad judía, existen pocos espacios para las distintas opiniones, y eso tiene que cambiar. A Hannah la tildaron de antisemita simplemente por desafiar la opinión pública.

En cuanto a la película, la dirección fue impecable, y sobretodo disfrute las escenas del juicio de Eichmann donde utilizaron imágenes reales. Uno podía sentir que realmente fue testigo de este momento en la historia. La actuación de Barbara Sukowa como Arendt fue espectacular, y su pasión y su valentía fueron sus mayores atractivos.

Realmente me hubiera gustado ver en mayor profundidad lo que fue el juicio, y las consecuencias luego de haber escrito este artículo, ya que el tema me afectó bastante, pero por otra parte esta es una película basada en Arendt y en sus relaciones, por lo cual no quedó mucho espacio para el aspecto histórico lo cual es entendible. En general estuvo satisfecha con la película pero con ganas de ver más.
½ August 28, 2014
While imperfect, this is an intelligent and thought-provoking picture.
Super Reviewer
August 20, 2014
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.
August 7, 2014
ok, I like movies that similar to books. they makes me know new things, search and read. this movie is good from this perspective.
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