Film Series: HANNAH ARENDT (2012)


Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

"Hannah Arendt" official movie poster

Barbara Sukowa, lead actress of HANNAH ARENDT, is scheduled to introduce the film.

This 2012 film is a cinematic portrait directed by German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta of Hannah Arendt (Barbara Sukowa), a remarkable German American political theorist whom the University of Notre Dame recognized with an honorary degree in 1972. The film follows the four years, (1960-64), that Arendt observes, writes, and endures the furious reception for her work about the trial of the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann. In her work on this trial, Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe Eichmann and the thoughtlessness of conformity and obedience of ordinary individuals.

Watching Arendt as she attends the trial, staying by her side as she is both barraged by her critics and supported by a tight band of loyal friends, we experience the intensity of this powerful Jewish woman who fled Nazi Germany in 1933. The fierce, chain-smoking Arendt is an exile who is happy and flourishing in America, but whose penetrating vision makes her an outsider wherever she goes.

Directed by Margarethe von Trotta. 110 minutes. Visit the official site.

Tickets are $7, $6 faculty/staff, $5 senior citizens, and $4 all students. Call the Box Office at 574.631.2800 or order online at

Hannah Arendt – Trailer from Heimatfilm on Vimeo.