“Hannah Arendt”

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Director Margarethe von Trotta discusses her biopic “Hannah Arendt,” along with Barbara Sukowa, who plays the 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.” “Hannah Arendt” opens May 29 at Film Forum.


Barbara Sukowa and Margarethe von Trotta

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Comments [10]

Philippe Reumann from Manila, Philippines

Just got to this one today and found it to be a nice discussion of Hannah Arendt. One comment that I recorded in my writer's notebook for later contemplation: "To be an intellectual you have to be cold, you have to be arrogant, you have to not show your emotions, your compassion." Is it true?

Nov. 06 2013 05:55 AM


You are quite disappointing today. By using your logic, Jews are the ones responsible for antisemitism and women for rapes.

Also, there is a world of difference between the writings of Marx and Arendt.

May. 29 2013 02:21 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I always thought the "banality of evil" meant that people who did evil weren't necessarily recognizable as monsters but could be/seem very ordinary.

May. 29 2013 01:04 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

We can thank Rosa Luxembourg and the Spartacists for the rise of Hitler in Munich and beyond!

May. 29 2013 12:49 PM
Brooke from Brooklyn

Wow! So excited about this film! I took a course while studying in Italy on totalitarianism and she brought such unique insight to the discussion.

May. 29 2013 12:47 PM
jgarbuz from Queens


Read Marx, not Arendt, but the first was enough. Dangerous nonsense.

May. 29 2013 12:46 PM


I bet you have not read either...

May. 29 2013 12:42 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Hannah ARendt? Just another German-Jewish Marxist, like Karl Marx himself. She did a few good things though.

May. 29 2013 12:04 PM
emmanuel from Hastings

Is the resurgence of Hannah Arendt from fringe clown to untouchable idol symbolic of neo-liberalisms waning stranglehold on thought?

May. 29 2013 12:03 PM

The derivative of the "banality of evil" is banality of banality of evil - many know the prase "banality of evil", some know where it came from, very few had actually read "Eichmann in Jerusalem".

May. 29 2013 11:09 AM

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