Describing herself as a political theorist because of her interest in the communal, not the individual, Hannah Arendt is well known for her observations on "the banality of evil." German director Margarethe von Trotta's film "Hannah Arendt" fully interrogates that concept, putting it into a full, complex context.
Although nearly 70 years have elapsed since the end of World War II, more and more information about the Nazi design to obliterate Jews continues to come to light. Now, a quasi-documentary about five families, ages 2 through 76, who, for 511 days straight, holed up in a cave in the Ukraine demands our attention.
Polish director Agnieszka Holland at first resisted, before gradually and then enthusiastically embracing the true story of In Darkness. An eclectic group of a dozen Jews survived World War II by hiding for over a year in the sewers of Lvov, Poland, right under the noses of the occupying Nazis. Leopold Socha, a ne'er-do-well thief called Poldek, made this possible.
In May 1942 the Nazis shot a film they called The Ghetto purporting to show how the population lived in the Warsaw Jewish ghetto. For 45 years this hour-long footage, discovered in a vault after WWII by East Germans, passed for a documentary.