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HANNAH ARENDT

Barbara Sukowa as Hannah Arendt contemplating the controversy that her reporting of the Eichmann trials in the New York Times caused
Barbara Sukowa as Hannah Arendt contemplating the controversy that her reporting of the Eichmann trial held in Jerusalem in 1961 for the New York Times caused

Although it is not ideal it seems appropriate that, as I review a film whose subject and production polarised readers and viewers respectively, I am prompted to use two conflicting perspectives.

The subject whose name is also the film’s title was also conflicted by two perspectives of Adolf Eichmann when, at his trial in Jerusalem in 1961, she tries to reconcile the terrible crimes committed and the unexpected persona he presents. “Expecting to find a monster…she finds a nobody.” It’s a fascinating story about profoundly important ideas that are as thought provoking now as they were fifty years ago.

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