Weeknight Movie: Hannah Arendt

  • July 10, 2013 · 6:45 PM
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Hi all! This Weds. eve. come out and see the movie Hannah Arendt at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Note: For those who noticed this was listed for Thurs. prior to the movie times coming out, I had to move this to Weds. as there's no early evening Thurs. showing for some reason (only 9:20).

Finding the group: Let's meet across the street at Panera Bread in the larger front lounge (the one on your right as you enter).

If you have any trouble finding the group beforehand, or you're running late and want to join the group afterwards, text me at[masked]-9428. (I'll turn my phone off between 7:15 and 7:20, but turn it back on shortly after the credits begin for texts and, if necessary, hysterical waving.)

Description and trailer: "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."  --Rotten Tomatoes description

Trailer (and additional Coolidge info)

Rather than list a couple of critic's quotes here as I normally do, I'd encourage folks to go here, and take in the range of critical reaction to the film (if you want that sort of info prior to seeing the film yourself).

After the movie: For those who'd like to discuss the movie afterwards, we can go to any of several places a short walk from the theatre.  Hops N Scotch was a great choice after our last Coolidge movie, but we could branch out if people have other ideas.

Suggestions: Btw, feel free to let me know about an upcoming release that sounds interesting to you (as this movie was suggested to me)...lowbrow, highbrow, no-brow, s'all good.  No promises though, as there's at least a handful of things I usually won't want to see at any time -- as is likely the case for all of us -- but I'll always listen.

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  • Marat

    Was nice meeting y'all last night.

    I said this during the post movie beers thing, but I'm sure a lot of you didn't hear me.

    I drew a parallel between Eichmann and Snowden. Eichmann was on trial for following orders and his defense was that he has done nothing wrong because it was his sworn duty to follow orders. Snowden went against his sworn duty to follow orders when he became convinced that what he was involved in was unethical and of very questionable legality. Many people have criticized him for breaking his contract and not doing what his duty required him to do. All this makes me think sometimes that if our country ended up becoming totalitarian at some pont there would be plenty of dutiful lackeys to carry out any order from above, regardless of how unethical it was.

    July 11, 2013

    • Rachana A.

      The parallel between Eichmann and Snowden occurred to me as well and it was great to hear you articulate it earlier as well as in this post. Snowden is a such good contemporary illustration of Arendt's theory. Hope to see you and Jana soon!

      1 · July 12, 2013

    • Marat

      Likewise Rachana.

      July 12, 2013

  • Robert D. S.

    The Weeknight Movie: Hannah Arendt was an interesting observation of a thriving and continuous journey to discover a different aspect of a defined truth.

    July 11, 2013

  • Marat

    One more thing. Here's an hour long interview with the real Hannah Arendt that Jana mentioned watching prior to the movie.


    July 11, 2013

  • Marat

    Also, to answer Paul's question Hannah could not be fired from her job because she was a tenured professor. That is why her critics at the university "strongly urged her to resign". That's all they could do and she told them to go F themselves.

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I strongly urge you to see this thoughtful and very well done movie. I read this announcement as it came out and didn't notice the date was next week, so I saw the show Friday! Despite the serious subject, I was thoroughly engaged throughout the movie. I only regret missing the conversations and people afterward.

    July 8, 2013

  • Frank S.

    I'm also a history geek/buff.

    1 · July 8, 2013

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