Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt by Ada Ushpiz (USA, 2016, 125 min.). Documentary.
German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt caused an uproar in the 1960s when she coined the concept of the “banality of evil,” claiming that Nazi kingpin Adolf Eichmann was not a sociopathic mastermind but an “unremarkable” man of lower intelligence. Thanks to an early love affair with the German philosopher and Nazi supporter Martin Heidegger, Arendt’s private life was as controversial as her ideas. This documentary offers an intimate portrait of Arendt’s life, transporting us to places where she lived, loved, and generated her subversive ideas.
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