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 for thought into immersive, dramatic cinema.
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My only real problem with "Hannah Arendt" is that it's not a mini-series.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 05.28.2013
[Barbara Sukowa] invests Arendt with a steely fury, but the film, set during and after the 1961 trial of ex--Nazi official Adolf Eichmann, has an entertaining cocktail-banter superficiality.Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 10.04.2013
Barbara Sukowa's performance in the title role is the kind that reverberates long after the screen goes black.Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 06.06.2013
Once we get to the Eichmann trial and its aftermath, it's mesmerizing.Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 05.30.2013