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Movies: Hannah Arendt offers a fascinating look at philosopher


Zeitgeist Films has announced the Blu-ray/DVD and digital release of Margarethe von Trotta’s acclaimed biopic Hannah Arendt. One of the top-grossing foreign films of the year, Hannah Arendt has screened theatrically in more than 120 markets nationwide to critical acclaim.

Barbara Sukowa (who won a German Oscar for her performance) reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta (Vision, Rosa Luxemburg) for her biopic of influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker ~ controversial both for her portrayal of the former SS officer and the Jewish councils ~ introduced her now-famous concept of the “banality of evil.” Using archival footage from the Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, von Trotta beautifully turns the often-invisible passion for thought into immersive, dramatic cinema.

Official Selection at Toronto International and New York Jewish Film Festivals, Hannah Arendt co-stars Klaus Pohl as philosopher Martin Heidegger, Nicholas Woodeson as New Yorker editor William Shawn, and two-time Oscar nominee Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs, The Woman in Black) as novelist Mary McCarthy.

The Blue-Ray and DVD release also features deleted scenes, a making-of documentary and interviews with the cast and crew.

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