Hannah Arendt (Germany, von Trotta, 2012)
Director Margarethe von Trotta is joined again by Barbara Sukowa (now of Brooklyn) in a narrative feature about the German Jewish philosopher's work. The focus is on Arendt's witnessing and writing about the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann (including documentary footage of the trial) and the furore surrounding her book about the trial-famously subtitled "The Banality of Evil."
Featuring an award-winning performance by Sukowa as Arendt, the film thrillingly dramatizes 'the life of the mind,' bringing the philosophical issues into sharp relief and revealing their political import today. It is indeed "an action movie, though of a more than usually dialectical type. Its climax...provides a stirring reminder that the labor of figuring out the world is necessary, difficult and sometimes genuinely heroic" (A.O. Scott, NY Times).
Doors open at 6pm. A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.
(The theme for LGTM this academic year is "Work." Click here for PDF of a poster with a full calendar of 2013-14 screenings. Read more about the Labor Goes to the Movies film series.)
PSC-CUNY Union Hall