this time, she had achieved considerable attention as a thoughtful political theorist but her journey to Jerusalem would change her life forever. In 1961, Arendt was happily married, teaching college in New York, and publishing philosophic works. She also manages to pull together an exemplary collection of archival footage, though sometimes we are watching old movie footage without any clear understanding of why the filmmaker chose it, other than possibly because she had nothing else to put on screen. The Origins of Totalitarianism, her 1951 tour de force, represents her most sustained attempt to understand German fascism and Soviet Communism not as metaphysical catastrophes but as political developments, as aspects of modernity rather than as horrific exceptions to its progress. During the trial, she carefully observed Eichmann, caged in a glass booth built to protect him from an assassins bullet. Her early association with the philosopher Martin Heidegger she was his lover as well as his student has been another source of controversy, given his subsequent collaboration with the Nazis and their racial policies. Arendt was truly brilliant, but her words and her attempted clarification of issues can be hard to understand. For sure it sheds a great light often to her work here, namely the categories of evil, the infamous banality of evil; thinking as a dangerous act/non-thinking as the most dangerous, inhuman act; the refugees status and their loss of human rights supported only while.
The first is Arendts contention that the lethally dehumanizing logic of totalitarianism originated partly in the massive displacement of populations after World War. Ushpiz uses Arendts words to narrate the documentary, bringing in a variety of scholars, former students, and other interested parties. Arendt abhorred the fact that Heidegger, her great hero and former lover, wholeheartedly followed Nazi doctrine. At the light of today's world, Arendt's work has something of prophetical, and even if not reassuring it hits bull's eye in so many assertions. The spirit conjured through Arendts own words, the recollections of students, disciples and friends, and carefully chosen archival images is one of relentless and passionate mental activity. The details of Arendts childhood, education, romantic life and professional activity are not ignored, but they nearly always illuminate her ideas. In addition, Arendt posited that because of the highly efficient and organized nature of Jewish communal organizations in the ghettos, the Nazis actually were able to inflict greater horror and send more Jews to their death. Arendt struggled to understand. Instead, she subtly draws the viewers attention from the past to the present, using judiciously chosen passages from Arendts letters and published work.
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