Hannah Arendt

Synopsis: In 1961, the noted German-American philosopher, Hannah Arendt, gets to report on the trial of the notorious Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann. While observing the legal proceedings, the Holocaust survivor concludes that Eichmann was not a simple monster, but an ordinary man who had thoughtlessly buried his conscience through his obedience to the Nazi regime and its ideology. Arendt's expansion of this idea, presented in the articles for "New Yorker", would create the concept of "the banality of evil" that she thought even sucked in some Jewish leaders of the era into unwittingly participating in the Holocaust. The result is a bitter public controversy in which Arendt is accused of blaming the Holocaust's victims. Now that strong willed intellectual is forced to defend her daringly innovative ideas about moral complexity in a struggle that will exact a heavy personal cost.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Production: Zeitgeist Films
  5 wins & 17 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min


But, Hannah,

how can you defend him?

But I'm not defending him.

You can hardly forget that your

husband is my friend because of you.

And I don't throw

my friends away so quickly.

No matter what happens, even if Jim

were killed in an airplane crash,

I would never, ever

go back to Bowden.

That's clear.

And poor Bowden knows absolutely that he

cannot prevent you from loving another man.

He is not stupid.

Then why is he trying

to prevent our divorce?

Because, under such circumstances,

it's only natural...

that people imagine-

or at least hope-

to have some possibility of power.

Hans Jonas is on the phone.

Not now, later. I'll call him back.

Oh, Mary, they are beautiful.

Thank you.

I don't know how you can

believe anything he says these days.

Well, you trusted him enough

to be married with him for 15 years.

I never trusted him.

It's Professor Miller calling from Connecticut.

He said it's urgent.

He has some questions about your syllabus.

Phone appointment-

tomorrow, please.

And unplug that phone.

Look, Mary, either you are willing to take

men as they are, or you must live alone.

- You won't change Jim either.

- I don't want to change Jim. He's perfect.


The men in your novels

are not perfect.

Why do you expect the real ones

to be any better?

That was Heinrich.

Oh, no.

That's the one phone call

I would have taken.

He said not to disturb you

when your darling Mary is here.

- When will he be home?

- He's spending the night up there.

He has to meet a student

early in the morning.

Thanks, Lotte.

No student meets early in the morning.

Mary, don't start. I would be far too

jealous for your charming Heinrich.

It's fine. Well, I suppose we can't

all be wild Berliners like you.

Wild because we don't marry

all our lovers?

Oh, I didn't marry all of them.

But almost.

I couldn't sleep at all last night.

We don't have to talk about it

right away.

Haven't you read the newspaper?

From beginning to end, Frau Professor.

They want his trial to be in Jerusalem!

Why else would the Mossad

have kidnapped him?

You think that's right?

They should have shot him

on the spot in Buenos Aires.

But then of course...

You forgot to say hello.


The investigation has revealed...

that Adolf Eichmann's escape

from Germany to South America...

was made possible with a Red Cross passport

that the Vatican helped him obtain.

No! The pope would never help

a Nazi escape.

No, he helped him because he

was such a good Catholic.

But God didn't let him get away.

God didn't.

But the Germans did.

You'll see.

They won't try to extradite him.

The former SS officer...

followed what was secretly known in

espionage circles as the ratline.

Eichmann received his forged

identification and passport in Genoa,

and then he boarded an Italian

ship to Buenos Aires.

"You will perhaps understand

why I want to attend Eichmann's trial.

I left Germany in 1933,

and I missed Nuremberg.

I never saw a Nazi"-

Um-Oh, wait.

"I never saw 'these people'

in the flesh"?

"People in the flesh."

I think that's better.

Better, yes.

Isn't it incredible that the Hannah

Arendt is offering to report for us?

It would be a privilege to have a German-Jewish

migr of such high standing cover the trial.

There's no doubt about that.

Who is she to be offering?

She should be begging to write for

the New Yorker, like everyone else.

Frances, she wrote

The Origins of Totalitarianism.

Catchy title.

One of the most important books

of the 20th century.

Read it.


She's not one of those

European philosophers, is she?

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Pamela Katz

Pamela Katz (born April 16, 1958) is an American screenwriter and novelist best known for her collaborations with director Margarethe von Trotta, including Rosenstrasse and Hannah Arendt. She is currently a teacher of screenwriting at the Tisch School of the Arts. more…

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