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Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt is a portrait of the genius that shook the world with her discovery of “the banality of evil.” After she attends the Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem, Arendt dares to write about the Holocaust in terms no one has ever heard before. Her work instantly provokes a furious scandal, and Arendt stands strong as she is attacked by friends and foes alike. But as the German-Jewish émigré also struggles to suppress her own painful associations with the past, the film exposes her beguiling blend of arrogance and vulnerability — revealing a soul defined and derailed by exile.

1964 Television Interview with Hannah Arendt

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  • Mark F.

    I think it was partially her work that inspired Stanley Milgram to do his "following orders" experiments.

    July 24, 2013

  • Cindy P.

    From a technical point of view - the black and white footage from the trial blended with the color of Arendt. It was a captivating portrayal of woman seeking truth.

    July 23, 2013

  • Janet H.

    The banality of evil that Hannah related to was that ordinary people were performing this atrocities instead of fanatics or crazy people. And the fact that they were so caught up in "the cause" that they did not realize basically what they were doing on the big picture.

    July 23, 2013

  • Shawnee P.

    If Eichmann's portrayal of himself as a mindless bureaucrat simply following orders was his defense strategy and not representative of his character, why did Arendt believe it?

    July 23, 2013

    • David Y

      I remember that Arendt described that the most evil human behavior takes place where among the masses there is an absence of of any reason (thinking) or responsibility and there is the presence of strict (and blind/non-thinking) obedience to "the system" and whoever is in charge. In the minds of Nazis, as well as other totalitarian bureaucrats and soldiers, unfailing obedience to orders from their higher command exemplified the very best of character traits, and was rewarded as such. Neither human morality nor individual responsibility seemed to factor into that equation of goal-oriented efficiency.

      July 23, 2013

    • Dave S.

      I really like these philosophical discussions… it makes me feel like I'm back in college. I enjoyed the film and was glad to see everyone too. I've been thinking a little about the fact that this was a German film - German director, German actors - and wondering why the director chose to make this film. In my mind it gives it a different spin to think of it this way. Maybe it's more about modern Germans trying to come to terms with the past.

      1 · July 23, 2013

  • Steve S.

    I think that one of the central questions raised by the movie remains unanswered for me....What does the "banality of evil" actually mean in Arendt's terms? I'd venture to guess that the answer might surprise all of us. This is why the movie was so powerful ... Arendt's seemingly controversial position inspires further analysis and discussion.

    July 23, 2013

  • lou l.

    It fits I think with her ideas about totalitarianism and the dehumanizing effects. People obey and murder without passion. Camus said "once crime was a solitary cry of protest, now it is as universal as science. "

    July 23, 2013

  • Janet H.

    Excellent film, acting and very thought provoking as well, especially in looking at the events around the world today. Much correlation to so many countries in the Middle East and the struggle for power. Certainly makes you stop and think about the past, but also the future.

    July 23, 2013

  • Shawna

    This was such a good film and I agree that Barbara Sukowa was excellent.

    July 23, 2013

  • Steve S.

    Superb film about a very controversial topic.

    2 · July 22, 2013

  • David Y

    Too much to go into right now. A heavy duty portrayal of very complex person, thinker, and writer on equally complex subject matter.

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • Ann

    A very thought-provoking film on multiple levels. Excellent acting by Barbara Sukowa.

    2 · July 22, 2013

  • Kelly

    I'm not going to get off work in time. I'm really sorry to miss this!

    July 22, 2013

  • Robyn M.

    Thinking of attending but trying to make arrangements

    July 22, 2013

  • Carole

    Looks like I'll be working late tonight. Hate to miss this. Sounds like a great film.

    July 22, 2013

  • Henry H.

    HOLOCAUST "MYTH" In addition to the 6 million+ Jews exterminted in the "camps" the nazis also killed 6 million Slavs in "camps" also,ie 3.5 million Russian POWs by Feb. 1942-few lived. 20 million-lowest estimate -Russian civilians died in the war from starvation, bombing, but most killed in cold bllod by nazi SS troops behind the lines. nazi plan: exterminate all Jews and most Slavs-leave some Slavs alive as peasants and some as slave labor. "what evil lurks in the hearts of men"

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • MJ

    Shoot -- I forgot about Moral Monday -- I am going to that with some Orange Co folks

    Is the film here for a while?

    July 17, 2013

    • MJ

      going to Moral Monday 7-22

      July 21, 2013

  • Clai

    maybe

    July 21, 2013

  • joya

    looking forward to meeting you all~

    July 21, 2013

  • Leslie

    This is a really strong maybe :)

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry... have to work that night. Have fun!

    July 17, 2013

  • Elizabeth J.

    I've heard about this and definitely want to see it, but that's the last night for Moral Monday.

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to go but I have my kids then.

    July 17, 2013

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