Germany, 2012, 113 Minute Running Time
Topics: History, Jewish Interest, Woman Director
Program: Modern Masters
Language: German, English English Sub-Titles
The filmmaking duo of director Margarethe von Trotta and actor Barbara Sukowa teamed up for the groundbreaking Marianne & Juliane and Rosa Luxembourg in the 1980s. Their latest collaboration is an intelligent and powerful look at the philosopher Hannah Arendt, whose The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) made her famous in philosophical circles. She shot to further international fame via her controversial chronicle of Nazi Adolph Eichmann’s 1961 trial for war crimes in Jerusalem, and it is this intense period that serves as the film’s focus.
Sukowa perfectly embodies the academic Arendt as she leaves her New York home to cover the trial for The New Yorker. It is the ordinariness of Eichmann (“He looks like a nobody,” she comments) that leads her to fashion her most startling concept – the “banality of evil” – while her reporting on collaborating German Jews causes a firestorm of controversy… Sukowa and von Trotta have taken what could have been a dry, intellectually ponderous film and given it flesh and blood, resulting in a drama that is both stirring and emotionally rewarding.
DIRECTOR: Margarethe von Trotta
Producer: Bettina Brokemper, Johannes Rexin
Editor: Bettina Böhler
Screenwriter: Pamela Katz, Margarethe von Trotta
Cinematographer: Caroline Champetier
Music: André Mergenthaler
Principal Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Janet McTeer, Axel Milberg, Julia Jensch, Ulrich Noethen
Filmography: Vision (2009), Rosenstrasse (2003), The Promise (1995), Rosa Luxemburg (1986), Marianne and Juliane (1981), Sisters, or the Balance of Happiness (1979), The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (1977), The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975)
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