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Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2015)

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A documentary about the life and work of hannah arendt, the prolific and unclassifiable thinker,political theorist, moral philosopher and polemicist, and with her encounter with the trial of Eichmann a high ranking nazi.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Hannah Arendt ... Herself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jury Andruchowytsch Jury Andruchowytsch ... Himself
Aharon Appelfeld ... Himself
Steven Asheim Steven Asheim ... Himself
Yehuda Bauer Yehuda Bauer ... Himself
Richard Bernstein Richard Bernstein ... Himself
Leon Botstein Leon Botstein ... Himself - President of Bard College
Edna Brocke Edna Brocke ... Herself
Judith Butler ... Herself
Alison Darcy Alison Darcy ... Hannah Arendt (voice)
Adolf Eichmann Adolf Eichmann ... Himself (archive footage)
Roger Errera Roger Errera ... Himself
Dror Etkes Dror Etkes ... Himself
Emmanuel Faye Emmanuel Faye ... Himself
Khaled Furani Khaled Furani ... Himself
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A documentary about the life and work of hannah arendt, the prolific and unclassifiable thinker,political theorist, moral philosopher and polemicist, and with her encounter with the trial of Eichmann a high ranking nazi.

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Israel | Canada | Germany

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English | German | Hebrew | French

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17 June 2016 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hannah Arendt - Die Pflicht zum Ungehorsam See more »

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Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,244, 10 April 2016

Gross USA:

$82,143

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$106,768
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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1.78 : 1
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In newsreel footage of Jerusalem purportedly from 1961, a poster is visible for a film that came out six years later. See more »

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References Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) See more »

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Certainly very engaging
8 April 2016 | by eyeforbeautySee all my reviews

I've seen this complex and absorbing documentary only once and feel I'll need to see it more times before I can really know how to feel about it.

It was certainly involving and thought-provoking but also a bit frustrating in that many of the quotes from Arendt's works and correspondence seemed a bit too truncated (brief or lacking in context) to be understood well.

I couldn't help feeling a longer version of the film would have provided the opportunity for a fuller presentation of her ideas.

Still this was a very interesting film and at least gave me some sense for the life and work of Arendt.

I'm rather hoping the writer/director will use the opportunity of the eventual DVD release of the documentary to flesh out more fully some of Arendt's chief ideas by means of a good audio commentary or other extras.


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