Hannah Arendt Reviews

  • Oct 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.

    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.

  • Apr 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.

    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.

  • Dec 27, 2015

    La complejidad del pensamiento... Excelente actuación de Sukowa y una película muy bien hecha. pensar nunca esta de más...

    La complejidad del pensamiento... Excelente actuación de Sukowa y una película muy bien hecha. pensar nunca esta de más...

  • Sep 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.

    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.

  • Aug 07, 2015

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  • 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.

    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.

  • Mar 08, 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!

    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!

  • Jan 19, 2015

    Fascinating topic, yet somehow the film itself failed to fascinate.

    Fascinating topic, yet somehow the film itself failed to fascinate.

  • Dec 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.

    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.

  • Dec 23, 2014

    Sukowa does a great Arendt, and it shows how philosophy can still be radical and controversial, even outside the classroom.

    Sukowa does a great Arendt, and it shows how philosophy can still be radical and controversial, even outside the classroom.