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Hannah Arendt (movie)
Review: A persuasive force to 'Hannah Arendt'
Review: A persuasive force to 'Hannah Arendt'

She's often referred to as a philosopher, but the great thinker and writer Hannah Arendt considered herself a political theorist. However you choose to characterize her work, the absorbing new film "Hannah Arendt" finds the living pulse in it, and Barbara Sukowa's performance in the title role is the kind that reverberates long after the screen goes black. Director Margarethe von Trotta, for whom Sukowa has portrayed such remarkable figures as Rosa Luxemburg and Hildegard von Bingen, builds her movie around Arendt's response to a charged moment in history — the 1961 trial of Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann — and to the backlash against her writing about it,...

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