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JAN 23, 2013


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‘Hannah Arendt’

Why: Hannah Arendt, the opening feature of SIFF’s Women in Cinema festival, is about that peerless philosopher’s most significant contribution to popular culture: the banality of evil. In 1961, Arendt covered for the New Yorker the trial of the SS officer Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, and she came to realize that Eichmann was only a boring bureaucrat, that evil was about doing paperwork, going home, having dinner with the family, kissing the kids goodnight, turning off the lights, and going to sleep. The movie, starring Barbara Sukowa, examines the mood and tensions of this central moment in the philosopher’s brilliant career. (SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, siff.net, 7:30 pm, $25 reception and film/$11 film only)

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