German Director Takes on Hannah Arendt, Minus the Banality

In a visit to Israel, Margarethe von Trotta discusses her film on the German Jewish thinker and Arendt's landmark coverage of the Eichmann trial.

In 2002, German film director Margarethe von Trotta had just completed "Rosenstrasse," which told the story of the February-March 1943 protest in which several thousand German women took to Berlin's streets to demand the release of their husbands and relatives held by the Gestapo. “Now I want you to make a film about Hannah Arendt,” a friend told her. She found the idea almost frightening....