I'm almost shocked by the inconsistency of this movie. I was about to leave it unfished. Hanna is a master giant of political thinking and I find here only a mere, superficial digest of her deep philosophical reflection. I had expectations. What a disappointment it was.
The film is based on an extremely interesting true story about one of the greatest political theorists of the 20th century, but – sadly – not even great true stories become automatically great cinema. All the scenes come off as staged, trying to make a point instead of carrying the story further. Arendt’s theories and views are truly insightful, but I suggest you read the book.
I was prepared to dislike an (admittedly ambitious) film that wanted to boil down the thought of a complex thinker into a psychodrama about her involvement with the cause célèbre show-trial which also made her a pop-intellectual icon, but schmaltzy and manipulative as the film is, it is also surprisingly gripping primarily because of the acting (ranging from moody complex grays to comic chiaroscuros).
Hannah Arendt is a biographical movie on the German Jewish Philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt who became controversial for the introduction of the concept “The Banality of Evil”. This 2012 German-Luxembourgian-French collaboration, the movie has Barbara Sukowa in the lead..... Wow.. what a performance.... I am surprised she was not nominated for Academy Awards that year
Einen "Shitstorm", wie man heute sagen würde, hatte Arendt ausgelöst. Der Film ist angenehm konventionell, was Konzentration auf die Streitgespräche und Monologe erlaubt; jedoch wurde insgesamt zuviel Gewicht auf die Arendt-Gegner gelegt, ihre eigenen Gedanken finde ich wenig nachvollziehbar dargestellt, aber so will man sich mehr mit ihrem Werk auseinandersetzen.
Friends whose opinions I value hated, but I liked it. Surely, it cannot claim to be "art", for it is still too formulaic in its narrative and directing. But the material it's based on makes it interesting, however superficial Arendt may be depicted. I always like historically important man-woman of ideas being depicted on screen - however bad the filmmaking itself be. At least they are being "available" to people.
Despite an exceptional performance by Barbara Sukowa, Von Trotta's film about Arendt's writing of an article on the trial of Eichmann and her theory on the 'banality of evil' and the fallout of both never really feels more than recreation and truly fails to engage. That such a subject fails cinematically is the fault of unfocused script and a visual sense that feels more muted and grey like a faded photo.