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August 13 2016 Drama Movies Newsletter

"It is precisely in her quest to understand people and the world that made me feel overwhelmingly drawn to her. Like Arendt, I never want to judge, but only to understand. In this film, for example, I want to understand what she thought about totalitarianism and moral collapse in the last century; about self-determination and freedom of choice; and finally, what she managed to illuminate about evil and about love. And I hope that the audience will come to comprehend, just as I did, why it is important to remember this great thinker."
Filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta

Margarethe von Trotta began her career in film as an actress. In 1975, she co-directed "The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum" and has never looked back. Although she is frequently referred to as a feminist filmmaker, von Trotta prefers to be considered a director who happens to be female. That being said, her films feature strong female characters, often with political overtones. Actress Barbara Sukowa has worked often with von Trotta, and says they now know what the other is thinking merely from a glance.

Von Trotta calls "Hannah Arendt" the third film in an unintentional trilogy. All three star Sukowa; "Rosa Luxemburg" (1986), a biopic about the Marxist socialist activist and "Vision" (2010), in which Sukowa plays Christian mystic and composer Hildegard von Bingen, are the first two films. Sukowa works in English, as well as her native German language, and may be familiar to viewers from the Syfy television series "12 Monkeys". She also had roles in "Johnny Mnemonic" and "Cradle Will Rock".

The news coming from Los Angeles this week is all about sequels and remakes. Director Antoine Fuqua, who recently finished a remake of "The Magnificent Seven", in now in talks with Universal to direct another version of "Scarface". "Papillon", the 1973 film starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, is also being remade with Rami Malek in talks to star. Brad Pitt is working on a sequel to "World War Z" and Paramount Studios is reviving "Friday the 13th". There is also an all-female spin-off to "Ocean's 11" being produced. Titled "Ocean's 8", the starring line-up is said to include Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, and Mindy Kaling.

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Hannah Arendt Film Review
When the Israelis captured Nazi fugitive Adolph Eichmann in 1960 and charged him with war crimes, philosopher and writer Hannah Arendt felt compelled to witness his trial. This pivotal moment in the life of one of the 20th century's most influential thinkers is re-created in "Hannah Arendt".


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