Reviewer Rating:
4

Review

The German film director, Margarethe von Trotta, chooses stories about strong, conflicted women so it is not surprising her latest film is a biopic about Hannah Arendt. In the 1930s, Arendt was prohibited from teaching in Germany because she was Jewish. She was stripped of her citizenship, escaped a camp and made her way to America 1941. In addition to teaching at the University of Chicago, she was active in her field of political theory. The film focuses on the tumultuous fallout of Adolf Eichmann's war criminal trial in 1961; a trial she covered for The New Yorker and the focus of her subsequent book. I like films that make me do some work. I did not know all the people in the film, but Arend't story compelling and prompted me to do additional reading on the subject.

 

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