Hannah Arendt

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Writers: Pamela Katz | Margarethe von Trotta
Genre: Drama
Countries: Germany | Luxembourg | France
Year: 2012
Running Time: 113 min
Language: English | French | German | Hebrew | Latin with English subtitles
Date: Monday, November 4, 7 pm
Location: International House
Special Guests:
 Moderator: Professor Elliot Ratzman
Panelists: Screenwriter Pam Katz and Professor Liliane Weissberg
Community Partner: The Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University
This event is free for full-time students with ID


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Why do mediocre men commit profound acts of evil? When philosopher Hannah Arendt was sent to cover the 1961 trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann, her writings launched years of controversy over the nature of evil, the compliance of the victims’ leadership, and the responsibility of humankind to question and resist conformity. Hannah Arendt’s career was shaped by the horrors of the 20th century, and this fascinating biopic engages her circle of friends, intellectuals, and activists, to explore her life before and after Eichmann in Jerusalem. Using archival documentary footage and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, director Margarethe von Trotta (Vision, Rosa Luxemburg) beautifully turns the often invisible passion of thought into immersive, dramatic cinema. The film features a pair of stunning performances by Barbara Sukowa as Hannah Arendt and two-time Oscar Nominee Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs, The Way Way Back) as novelist Mary McCarthy. An official selection at the Toronto International and New York Jewish Film Festivals, HANNAH ARENDT sparks intense discussion wherever it is seen.

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