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Language: Hebrew Italian. Filming Locations: Jerusalem, Israel. Runtime: 95 min. Color: Color. Edit Did You Know? Add the first question. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Report this. A reclusive ogre and a chatterbox donkey go on a quest to rescue a princess for a tyrannical midget lord. Bird on the wire Jennifer Saunders. In the episode "Jealous", transmitted on April 27, , in series 3 Saunders gets drunk at a public relations industry award night and is called on to give a speech. Being barely coherent she launches into a spoken version of Bird on a Wire.

The San Fernando Valley watering hole at the center of Michael Radford's moody film "Dancing at the Blue Iguana" is a strip club in which the bare-breasted dancers writhe and slither to the ominous drone of Leonard Cohen singing "Dance Me to the End of Love.

But then the Blue Iguana isn't just any old West Coast fleshpot but a microcosm of this sad, lonely world and its lost female souls who cater to male lust. Ball and Chain USA Chelsea Hotel 2. In the famous Chelsea Hotel in New York, Janis - alone, drunk and under the influence of drugs - tries to seduce a young black waiter.

But he has some questions for her about colour of the skin,drugs and music. The last scene ends with Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel 2" heard in the background. Hombres Felices Spain Spanish comedy directed by Roberto Santiago, starring Sergi L? Filmed in Tenerife Canary Islands. Take This Waltz is playing no less than three times! Everybody knows Don Henley. Hallelujah Anthony Michael Hall. Cohen's song is used on the soundtrack of one of the first season episodes. Amnesia Italy Cohen's new song is used twice on the soundtrack.

The film was directed by Gabriele Salvatores. A "junkie" film Pomor Tuljana Croatia Hallelujah Jeff Buckley. Secretary USA A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one. Directed by Steven Shainberg. Starring by E. Edward Grey and Lee Holloway. The Cohen song sets the town for a sequence that demonstrates her growing love for the attorney, and willingness to do anything for him.

L'Imbalsamatore The Embalmer Italy A great and somehow disturbing movie directed by Matteo Garrone.

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Peppino Ernesto Mahieux is an aging taxidermist constantly ridiculed for being short and somewhat creepy. Peppino, in turn, becomes entranced by Valerio and offers him a large salary to come work as his assistant. But when Valerio meets Deborah Elisabetta Rocchetti , their fledgling romance is threatened by an insanely jealous third wheel. The story revolves around an aging gambler and heroin addict planning a major Monte Carlo heist. Take this waltz Scott Trammel.

The original play, with Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, did not have a dance scene. Cohen's sister Esther recalls that the song was played at intermission as well as during the dance sequence in that revival. The play is set in a nursing home. When Mary Tyler Moore's character notices music from a dance class, she says the waltz is beautiful.

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Dick Van Dyke's character grumbles that the song is too long and that the words are "just crazy. The author explains that Julie Harris suggested the dance scene, and that he originally rejected the idea. After he and his wife listened to "Take This Waltz" during dinner one evening he changed his mind.

The au! Not only do I not see this as a modular scene that can be plugged in or out at a director's discretion, but I also don't want any other choice of music to be made because "Take This Waltz" inspired me to write this scene. I'd like it to be a part of the play as long as the rights are available. Hallelujah was used on the soundtrack of the 2nd episode in the new FOX series about a young man who gets into trouble in his hometown and is shipped off to live with relatives in Newport Beach, CA, which is in Orange County, hence the name "OC".

The song was again used in the season finale. Dance me to the end of love Mark Seymour. When Ben and Rosie? The story of their trial separation is told in two distinct halves?

The new series from CoxKnight taps into the dilemma of modern relationships. The lead track:? This version was specially commissioned for Crashburn and features the vocals of Mark Seymour. The Favourite Game Canada You know who I am Suzanne the riff only Who by fire True love leaves no traces Dress rehearsal rag A kisses deep.

The film is based on the novel by Leonard Cohen. At 28 years of age, poet Leo Breavman takes his memories of childhood and his female conquests as a starting point to create his work. In full identity crisis, he puts an end to his torrid liaison with Tamara in order to spend some time in New York. While writing in a coffee shop, Leo shares a glance with Shell, a graphic designer who divides her time between Montreal and New York. Not long after, the young woman leaves her husband and engages in a passionate affair with the poet.

Drama, 90 mins. Directed by Bernar H? Screenplay Bernar H? Waiting for the miracle Be for real. In one episode the bad-tempered heroine goes to her room and turns on the radio. In the other episode a company is drinking and talking in a bar. The music in the background is "Be for real". Kotikatu Episode in TV series Finland Cohen's song was used in the first Fall episode of this very popular Finnish drama series; a female priest is thinking about her love affairs while Cohen's song is heard on the radio.

Much of the song as recorded by Leonard is played, with the obvious deletion of a few lyrics about unmade beds. Of interest is that the song plays a real role in the plot, and that the characters say it is a Leonard Cohen song. Adieu Pays France Serge and Vincent Nortier, two brothers at the head of the familial sawmill; doctor Claire Tissot who has a nocturnal affair with Vincent ; her daughter Fanny; and the poacher Barthoulot sworn enemy of the Nortier clan live in Mantaille, a quiet little village.

When Carole, niece of Barthoulot, is passing by the village on her way to Qu? A story told like a Western movie. The life of David Gale France The film tells of a professor and advocate for the abolishment of the death penalty in Texas, who gets convicted and sentenced to death for murder. David Gale goes to a party where he ends up with the girl named Berlin. One of the songs playing at the party was First We Take Manhattan Nathalie France A dramatic comedy by Anne Fontaine tells about a man G? During a suggestive but sensitive dance of Nathalie around a thin metal column, we hear Leonard singing "A sip of wine, a cigarette Saint Ralph Canada Hallelujah Gord Downie.

Saint Ralph is the unlikely story of Ralph Walker, a ninth grader who outran everyone's expectations except his own in his bold quest of trying to win the Boston Marathon.

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The song can be heard during the last minutes of the show and during credits. Hallelujah Rufus Wainwright. A documentary of 90 mins, part ghost story, part video diary, part sociological investigation, story of the lives of both the long term and transitory denizens of the San Jose Motel. Once a charming family motor court in Texas, now one of the last residential hotels on Austin's trip, in disrepair and a haven for the down and out, recovering and most wanted.

Lobo Spain The movie is based on a true story about a Spanish spy who joins the ETA in Diego is a porno movie producer whose young daughter Stella is unaware of her dad's activities. She travels to Ibiza to meet her father. Stella has a secret of her own: she is pregnant and wants abortion. At the same time Sergio finds a suitcase full of cocaine and the nightmare begins. Nel mio amore Inside my love Italy A film directed by Susanna Tamaro, the well-known Italian novelist and movie maker. Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei Edukators Germany Crime drama directed by Hans Weingartner. Berlin student Jule is hoplessly indebted due to an accident she caused, uninsuredly hitting a rich businessman's limousine.

Evicted from her flat she moves in with her boyfrend Peter and soon learns that Peter and his flatmate, Jan, are breaking into luxurious mansions at night. Instead of stealing or vandalizing, though, they carefully and ornately rearrange furniture and valulables and leave obscure messages. Jule convinces Jan, who has a crush on her, to pay a visit to the villa of her creditor.. Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley is a significant part of the last half hour or so of the film, played repeatedly through to the end of the film.

Non ti muovere Italy This drama directed by Sergio Castellitto is based on a novel written by the director's wife Margaret Mazzantini. Land of Plenty USA The land of plenty The letters. After years of living abroad with her American missionary father, Lana returns to the United States to begin her studies. But instead of focusing on her education, Lana sets out to find her only other living relative - her uncle Paul, her deceased mother?

A Vietnam veteran, Paul is a reclusive vagabond with deep emotional war wounds. A tragic event witnessed by the two unites them in a common goal to rectify a wrong, and takes them on a journey of healing, discovery, and kinship. Synopsis courtesy of ncta. Two Cohen songs are said to play an important role in the movie. Duck USA In , Arthur, an elderly widower Philip Baker Hall comes to the end of the line when his wife dies. Broke and lonely, he is about to commit suicide when he encounters a precious baby duck, which becomes his constant companion.

After Arthur becomes the latest victim of the bankrupt and privatized near-future, he and his companion animal face homelessness. This indie film was shot in just 18 days. The album cover of Songs of Leonard Cohen is also prominently shown, and the main character takes out the LP and puts it onto the record player. The Last Trapper Canada The Last Trapper is a film intended to draw spectators into the world of a real-life character by showing him experience?

New TV crime comedy tells about two police officers Fabi? Vinterkyss Winter Kiss Norway Buckley's Hallelujah appears several times in this sad drama; a story about losing a child and the parents' reaction of grief. Gregory House, a maverick physician who is devoid of bedside manner. While is behavior can border on antisocial, Dr. House thrives on the challenge of solving medical puzzles that other doctors give up on. Dance me to the end of love Madeleine Peyroux. The song is used in the 2nd season opener. Very poignant scene -- something on the order of Gilbert Grape - not sexy, but definitely moving.

L'Audition Canada Hallelujah Original version. A movie by director and actor Luc Picard.

The story of Louis, a collector guy for loan sharks, a bone braker. His job is to scare people. Louis has always secretly dreamed of becoming an actor and one day he is offered the opportunity to audition for a major director. His life is at a turning point. The song comes in at a key moment of the movie, in a crescendo that is very touching. It even seems to interfere with the action on screen and you understand exactly why only at the end.

This Beggar's Description Canada A sensitive, moving doc chronicling the life of Philip T? A promising athlete as a child, Philip began experiencing mood swings in his early 20s. His extended family, including his daughter, share their conflicted feelings love, guilt, shame, anger with the camera.

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They want to make sure he's safe, but how much can they take? Songs by Leonard Cohen also add a running commentary, and Cohen, himself a long-time admirer of Philip's poetry, makes a poignant appearance at the film's end. If you have the DVD be sure to also watch the special feature "Picnic in the park - shooting the breeze with Leonard Cohen". Lord of War USA This film charts the rise and fall of Yuri Orlov, from his early days in the early s in Little Odessa, selling guns to mobsters in his local neighbourhood, through to his ascension through the decade of excess and indulgence into the early 90s, where he forms a business partnership with an African warlord and his psychotic son.

The song appears in the last few minutes of the movie. Hallelujah Lola. The Future?? In outport Newfoundland, it is often left to one enterprising family to literally taxi the residents of the town from cradle to grave-offering wedding, funeral and ambulance services all under the same roof. Mary Welsh's new show is about one such family, the Fureys. Failure to launch USA Comedy, directed by Tom Dey. A thirtysomething slacker suspects his parents of setting him up with his dream girl so he'll finally vacate their home.

Wedding Stories UK A BBC 3 documentary about people of different religions getting married. Christians Anna and Sam prepare for a spectacular wedding, whilst Jacqui and Tony struggle to plan their fairy tale nuptials in the midst of a family fraud. Joan of Arc is played half way through the programme. Hallelujah Jenny Galt. The town's water tower is the scene of a poignant reunion between childhood friends, Jason, Tanya and Danny. It resonates to the haunting words and melody of the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah, performed specially for the movie by Jenny Galt of the Vancouver-based duo Cherrybomb.

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On PBS TV in this episode of the American Masters series, in a segment with photographer Douglas Kirkland, there is the instrumental lead-in of "I'm your man," with Kirkland speaking, and then about 40 seconds of Leonard singing over images of Monroe. I'm your man Hallelujah. In one of the episodes, the investigation involves a hidden love affair between two women; in one segment, a flashback shows one of them dressed up as a man and lypsinc'ing all or most of the verses of "I'm your man" to the other in a parking lot.

Hallelujah Imogen Heap. Hallelujah was used again in the very last episode of the third Season "Graduates", episode 76 in which Marissa dies. Salvador Puig Antich Spain The film tells the story of an anarchist executed in March in the prison called "Modelo" in Barcelona. Directed by Manuel Huerga and acting Daniel Br? Hallelujah K D Lang. The October 6, episode of this CBS series was called Provenance and dealt with a the theft of a painting which turned out was originally stolen from a jewish family by the Nazis in WWII. Hallelujah Joseph Arthur. Amy Berg investigates the life of year pedophile Father Oliver O'Grady and exposes the corruption inside the Catholic Church that allowed him to abuse countless children.

Hallelujah was playing over the credits. Hallelujah which version? Hallelujah was used in the October 17, episode "A Real Rain". Gideon, Hotchner and their team investigate a series of killings that appear to be the work of a vigilante. Monkey Warfare Canada Dan and Linda are ex-revolutionaries who live underground and survive by cruising garage sales for buried treasures they sell on the internet. Directed by Reginald Harkema. A thousand kisses deep. In , when Los Angeles' last city park is closed to the public, a dispossessed man -- and the duck who follows him as a mother -- quest west, on foot, in search of water and meaning, in the desert that is LA.

Wide Awake USA Hallelujah was used in the episode "A nice day for a posh wedding", episode 30, season 2. In , a teenager named Billy Mitchell showed up at a Life magazine photo shoot of the world's best video game players, walked into an arcade and set a world record score for Donkey Kong that destroyed what anybody else had been able to do up to that point. This is the beginning of this brisk-paced new documentary directed by Seth Gordon and produced byt Ed Cunningham.

According to Wikipedia, the third season of the show closed again with the haunting rendition of Hallelujah. He did his job to the best of his ability, something of which he was inordinately proud. When, in , he received orders from Himmler countermanding earlier behaviors, i. Arendt suggests that his conscience "prompted Eichmann to adopt his uncompromising attitude during the last year of the war," and one can certainly understand his confusion and distress. All his previous excellent compliance that required him to silence thought was now being shown for what it was--a terrible crime.

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This report holds within it so much of human behaviors, bad and good. We are blessedly treated to the wonderful story of true clarity of thinking in the case of Denmark: "The story of the Danish Jews is sui generis , and the behavior of the Danish people and their government was unique among all the countries of Europe—whether occupied, or a partner of the Axis, or neutral and truly independent.

One is tempted to recommend the story as required reading in political science for all students who wish to learn something about the enormous power potential inherent in non-violent action and in resistance to an opponent possessing vastly superior means of violence…Italy and Bulgaria sabotaged German orders and indulged in a complicated game of double-dealing and double-crossing, saving their Jews by a tour de force of sheer ingenuity, but they never contested the policy as such.

That was totally different from what the Danes did. When the Germans approached them rather cautiously about introducing the yellow badge, they were simply told that the King would be the first to wear it, and the Danish government officials were careful to point out that anti-Jewish measures of any sort would cause their own immediate resignation. It was decisive in this whole matter that the Germans did not even succeed in introducing the vitally important distinction between native Danes of Jewish origin, of whom there were about sixty-four hundred, and the fourteen hundred German Jewish refugees who had found asylum in the country prior to the war and who now had been declared stateless by the German government.

The Jewish community had been warned by Danish officials, who had been told by a German shipping agent, who had probably been advised by the German official in Copenhagen whose attitude had, when resistance had been firm, practically melted away. They themselves apparently no longer looked upon the extermination of a whole people as a matter of course. They had met resistance based on principle, and their 'toughness' had melted like butter in the sun, they had even been able to show a few timid beginnings of genuine courage.

We must demand better from our government. This is one of the indispensable books for it is the jumping point for so much fruitful thought and discussion. Apr 15, Leo Walsh rated it really liked it. Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt is a thought-provoking, if dense, history of the Adolf Eichmann, the major organizer of Hitler's "Final Solution" -- the extermination of every living European Jew. Coupled with some meditations of a first-rate thinker and author on politics, morality, and the gray line that exists between law and justice.

Whereby legal means often impede justice, and just causes often illegal. First off, a few mentions of the text. In the trial, Israel tried Eichmann for his role in the Holocaust, facilitating the death of 6 million Jews during his tenure with the Third Reich. The book Eichmann in Jerusalem collectes these articles and is now considered a classic in political science.

Background aside, the "Eichmann" Arendt reveals is creepy, but not in the way you'd expect. Eichmann wasn't a monster, Instead, he was an average Joe. This makes him scarier than were he a monster, since the next Eichmann could be a neighbor, a family member, a child Eichmann, who demonstrated a shocking lack of self-awareness during the trial fulfilled his job of organizing the slaughter of millions even though he 1 knew what he was doing, 2 vomited and was deeply disturbed when he saw that actual goings-on in the death camps, and 3 did not hate Jews.

Instead, ever officious, Eichmann fulfilled the orders his superiors gave him to the best of his ability. He seems to lack the moral compass to be able to "climb above" reality and see what he was doing with drop-dead clarity. And before you think you would stand up, consider the classic experiment about compliance with authority conducted by Stanley Milgram.

In that experiment, subjects were asked to shock a "victim" -- in reality, a confederate of Milgram -- for every incorrect answer they gave on a test. Of course, the shock was fake, and the "victims" were actors who yelled and pleaded louder as the voltage increased. Seen in this light, Eichmann presents a real-life of this "Milgram effect," but "in action" in the "real world. Problem is, the Milgram experiment explains Eichmann. But it does not explain how Germany, a modern, well-run country, lacked the institutional wherewithal to block this vile abuse of a state's power.

How could Hitler waste resources on something that not only makes zero sense while fighting and losing a war on two fronts? This makes the most mind-boggling thing about the book the sprawling, costly, well-ordered machine that lay behind Final Solution. Hitler brought the entire power of the state to bear on what he called the "Jewish Question," a half-baked conception.

Hitler enlisted every part of society -- soldiers and railway executive and chemical manufacturers to dentists to jewelers, etc -- to enact his "vision" of eradicating the Jewish people. That he got away with this confuses me. Arendt raises other issues I was only vaguely aware of. For instance, no matter how bad the Nazis were, some in the Jewish community aided with the Final Solution, rounding up Jews for the death-camps. These collaborators were scared, and helped the SS to save their own lives, an extreme mitigating circumstance.

Arendt feels society should not punish these collaborators due to their extenuating circumstances, unlike EIchmann, their lives were being threatened. While Eichmann cold walk away at any time. Regardless, Arendt possesses a hard-headed devotion to the [capital-'T'] Truth. So she refuses to let the collaborators off the hook entirely. They were wrong, and complicit. Guilty, but not legally criminal since they acted out of self-defense. In the book's final section, Arendt ponders at length in dense, lucid prose the politics behind states, the use of coercive power, and justice.

She makes a powerful case for the justice of Israel's capture of Eichmann -- the secret service kidnapped him in Argentina, and tried him for genocide of the Jewish people by a nation where he had committed no crimes. Further, Israel as a contemporary nation-state did not exist during the Holocaust. Arendt continues with an exhaustive analysis of war crimes, genocide, and the role of international bodies in the post-Nuremberg world. All told, Eichmann in Jerusalem is a captivating read. A lot of the details left me uneasy. And the cold, detached, officious way that Eichmann carried out his duties scares me.

But it is important, since in , it seems as if totalitarianism is on the rise, challenging liberal democracy for supremacy. This book should give all thoughtful readers a framework to consider their own situation by. View all 4 comments. Feb 19, Ana rated it it was amazing Shelves: absolute , non-fiction , war-stories , about-murders , law-abiding-citizen , of-life-and-death , somehow-societal , fallen-characters , philosophy , racism.

In true Arendt style, the writing is concise, each sentence crafted beautifully, the subject matter studied from all sides. In some cases, she even comes to Eichmann's defense against the things he had been accused of that he hadn't done. To her, it was very important for him to be tried for his own crimes, and his own crimes only, which is a very hard thing to do considering the complexity of the German bureaucracy and the enormity of the Jewish and other peoples' genocide.

Required reading f In true Arendt style, the writing is concise, each sentence crafted beautifully, the subject matter studied from all sides. Required reading for anyone interested in the Holocaust, its conditions, perpetrators and, as well, its victims. The Nazis are this modern age's greatest villains.

You can stop debate on any subject just by invoking a comparison "You know who else was in favor of the public option? Hitler, that's who! Nazis make much better villains. And yet what kind of villains were they and what does this tell us about the nature of evil? Or perhaps Bond supervillains like Goldfinger or Drago with grandiose dreams of world conquest?

Hitler was certainly a charismatic megalomaniac capable of seizing power and twisting people to his will. But Hitler alone did not accomplish the deeds that would later make the Nazis the catchword for evil. He needed a vast bureaucracy. Departments and sections and sub-sections and sub-sub-sections all staffed by secretaries and undersecretaries and directors and on and on.

Adolf Eichmann was one such bureaucrat, and not a particularly high up one. The S. One department, the R. Section IV was divided into four bureaus. It was his office's job to deport the Jews to the killing centers. How they were rounded up and what happened to them at the killing centers were handled by other departments in the vast machinery of the Nazi Government. It was not his concern. In he was captured in Argentina and taken to Israel to stand trial.

When speaking, he relied heavily on slogans and cliches. He thought rather ruefully of his career as a "hard luck story," because of the office politics he had to endure. In short, he was far from the brown shirt wearing, virulent, violent Anti-Jew we think of when the word Nazi is invoked. Starting from this fact, Arendt creates a fascinating meditation on evil and the character of the men who carry it out, and the implications this has for the concept of criminal justice.

While I found her picture of the vast bureaucratic operation that was the Final Solution to be compelling, the major difficulty I had with the book was in her writing. She is not always clear and her sentences are sometimes completely cumbersome, which prevents me from giving this book the five stars her portrait deserves. Why is it so hard to find a non-fiction writer who is also a great prose stylist? I read this in college and it just blew me away. One of the more important books of the 20th century. Her idea that "banality" and thoughtlessness, relying on the routines of bureaucracy lie at the root of evil had a profound impact on my thinking.

One can still see the basic truths of her book operating very day. The latest method to avoid accountability seems to be to I read this in college and it just blew me away. The latest method to avoid accountability seems to be to claim one is "too busy" to be brought to trial. This tactic, used by Bob Bennett, in an effort to keep Clinton from having to answer charges in the Paul Jones case, is now being used by members of the Bush administration to avoid having to face possible charges for ostensible war crimes.

That kind of thinking brings a whole new meaning to "banal". History to listen to as I bake chicken pies. I am sure that there were many who would have loved to slap that smirk off his face. View all 7 comments. The holes of oblivion do not exist. Nothing human is perfect, and there are simply too many people in the world to make oblivion possible.

One man will always be left alive to tell the story. Politically speaking, it is that under conditions of terror most people will comply but some people will not, just as the lesson of the countries to which the Final Solution was proposed is that 'it could happen' almost anywhere but it did not happen everywhere.

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Humanly speaking, no more is required, and no more can reasonably be asked, for this planet to remain a fit place for human habitation. Arendt revised the book and added a postscript in Italy, despite its formal alliance with Germany, protected most of its Jews by bureaucratically sabotaging its own official compliance: "The gentlemen of the Foreign Office could not do much about it, because they always met the same subtly veiled resistance, the same promises and the same failures to fulfill them.

The sabotage was all the more infuriating as it was carried out openly, in an almost mocking manner. She portrays him as an ambitious person who wanted to be part of some grand project. His indifference to the content of that project, as he avoided thinking about it too hard, lead a particularly destructive version of the common impulse to be part of something larger than yourself. Despite all the efforts of the prosecution, everybody could see that this man was not a 'monster,' but it was difficult indeed not to suspect that he was a clown. And since this suspicion would have been fatal to the whole enterprise, and was also rather hard to sustain, in view of the sufferings he and his like had caused so many millions of people, his worst clowneries were hardly noticed.

What could you do with a man who first declared, with great emphasis, that the one thing he had learned in an ill-spent life was that one should never take an oath 'Today no man, no judge could ever persuade me to make a sworn statement. I refuse it; I refuse it for moral reasons. Since my experience tells me that if one is loyal to his oath, one day he has to take the consequences, I have made up my mind once and for all that no judge in the world or other authority will ever be capable of making me swear an oath, to give sworn testimony.

View all 3 comments. Dec 10, Justin Evans rated it liked it Shelves: history-etc , philosophy. It's very hard to see, at this point, what on earth in this book made everyone so angry, and, apparently, still does make everyone so angry. Arendt's argument here though note that in other places she insists, disingenuously, that she made no argument and just presented the facts is that ordinary people do evil things 'banality of evil' , that this is best understood in the context of modern bureaucracy, and that the Eichmann trials bear more than a little resemblance to Soviet show trials--w It's very hard to see, at this point, what on earth in this book made everyone so angry, and, apparently, still does make everyone so angry.

Arendt's argument here though note that in other places she insists, disingenuously, that she made no argument and just presented the facts is that ordinary people do evil things 'banality of evil' , that this is best understood in the context of modern bureaucracy, and that the Eichmann trials bear more than a little resemblance to Soviet show trials--with the key difference being that Eichmann deserved to be put on show.

Perhaps what angers people is Arendt's general slipperiness. She extols the impersonality of justice over the personal nature of power, but never seems to worry that bureaucratic impersonality and judicial impersonality are uncomfortably similar. She criticizes the Eichmann court for admitting so much irrelevant 'evidence,' in the form of holocaust survivor's testimony--the court, she says, can only judge the moral guilt of a person for their actions, the court is not the place for social theory or wider considerations.

And she's right She has a good reason for this: claiming that 'all are guilty' erases important distinctions between, e. Analyzing societies tends to suggest that everyone in the society is guilty to some degree. Therefore analyzing societies would erase the distinction between Eichmann and our Hausfrau.

So although Arendt is, on the one hand, the smartest person in the room particularly when that is a court-room , she also comes across as stunningly obtuse. She seems to be caught halfway between traditional philosophy she remained close to and impressed by Karl Jaspers , political theory obsessed as it is with political freedoms and giving short shrift, all too often, to social issues , and social theory.

She seems to have realized that one can't analyze the modern world without social theory, but also to fear it, as if the analysis of social determination was itself social determination, and not a necessary step towards recognizing and overcoming the forces that shape our world. I don't think this is the only way to hold on to a sense of human freedom, and it's tremendously frustrating to read this brilliant woman--head and shoulders above almost all twentieth century theorists--not engage with the most important intellectual tradition of her time.

Sep 11, Rob rated it really liked it Shelves: history , politics , fascism , biography. Do not be fooled by the title of this book. It is not a philosophical text about the nature of evil. This book is about the politics of the trial of Eichmann and more particularly the real politic of the Holocaust. In fact out of the many books I have read about Nazism it is the most insightful about how the Holocaust worked politically in the nuts and bolts sense. This book is not about the horror of the Holocaust. If it was I would have put it down. The most interesting part of the book is that Do not be fooled by the title of this book.

The most interesting part of the book is that it was not some sort of massive leviathan which could not be stopped. Arendt makes the case quite convincingly that when the Nazi's schemes were opposed outright as they were in Denmark or where confronted by the Italian authorities plain dishonesty and occasional moral refusal to go along 'to participate in this policy is against the honour of the Italian army' their will disappeared. The other surprising fact is the Nazi's relationship with the various national Jewish authorities. The Nazi's drew them into being collaborators with their own destruction.

They provided lists of Jews, collected Jews into ghettos, enforced the 'resettlement' of Jews. As for Eichmann himself? Well he was a middling bureaucrat with muddled views on Jews. Willing to go along with it for his career and because he believed in the morality of following orders wholeheartedly. You may need a Hitler for such radical evil but you certainly need an army of dull witted doers of others bidding to implement it.

View all 9 comments. Jun 09, Bou rated it really liked it Shelves: english , world-war-2 , at-local-library , non-fiction. Hannah Arendt did not see a demon in Eichmann, rather an ordinary person, whose evil did not come from ideological conviction but from thoughtlessness, an inability to reflection and lack of empathy.

Hannah claims that the extraordinary circumstances in relation to the Eichmann process were multiple, and these circumstances overshadowed the central ethical, political and juridica Hannah Arendt did not see a demon in Eichmann, rather an ordinary person, whose evil did not come from ideological conviction but from thoughtlessness, an inability to reflection and lack of empathy. Hannah claims that the extraordinary circumstances in relation to the Eichmann process were multiple, and these circumstances overshadowed the central ethical, political and juridical problems that were created during the process.

These circumstances were created by Ben-Goerion and the prosecution itself. With the process, Israel wanted to make a showcase to its young generation born after the war and to the world, in presenting the horrors of the Holocaust. In this way, too much was claimed from the prosecution which function was, after all, merely to speak justice. First of all, there was the problem of the abduction of Eichmann from a foreign country, which clearly was against international law.

On such a base, Hannah Arendt postulates that this removed the right to prosecute Eichmann according to the Israeli law, but rather to the International Law, and therefore the case never should have been held under the jurisdiction of Israel. Another problem that is described by Hannah Arendt is Eichmann itself. The judges were never able to completely understand the nature and motives of Eichmann itself - an important task for a judge in order to create a fair conviction.

The problem with this fact was exacerbated due to the fact that Eichmann was just so frightently plain, one of many and not the perverted sadist that we wanted him to be. The banality of evil. This raises the problem that today, or in the future, another human being can be born who will again do the terrible things that Eichmann has done, and not be able to understand the scope of the evil that he is creating. In the end, Eichmann was - no doubt - guilty. View 2 comments. Dec 29, David Cerruti rated it really liked it Shelves: history.

This phrase, which generated so much controversy, appears only on the title page, and once in the text, in the postscript. Later editions include an excellent introduction by Amos Elon, who used the phrase many times. I had seen the phrase before I knew of the book, and it had no special meaning to me. That changed in October The Mayor called his work vandalism, not art.


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Possibly in response to that comment, Banksy purchased a banal oil painting in Housing Works, a thrift shop. May 09, Laura rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: everyone. Shelves: cthulhu , being-human. This book disturbed my peace with the universe. I read it while I was working on a death penalty case some years back, mostly on the bus too and from work. It led to me spending no little time starring out the window. Trembling ontologically. Dec 16, Steve rated it really liked it. That Ms. Arendt has published an important work on a subject with details that confound the imagination is undeniable.

My principal criticisms are with her thought progression and use of language, for herein, perhaps owing to an affinity for linearity and self-evidence, does she confound my imagination. I felt in reading her work that Ms. Arendt defaults to ethereal wormholes as if to demonstrate some superior understanding of things philosophical, thus four, rather than five stars. Regrettably, That Ms. Regrettably, despite two Ivy League degrees and 54 years of experience, I still must be spoon-fed. Arendt raised several points that stuck with me: How would each of us individually have behaved if our wheels of fortune had spun us into Eichmann's shoes?

What is the purpose of an international criminal court? Are they "just" forums of jurisprudence? Was Eichmann's trial fair? Will the developed world experience another atrocity on the order of the Final Solution? I think about the horrors visited upon past societies, beginning with the writings of Herodotus and Thucydides, then throw in the Bible, and all of accumulated written history ever since. It seems Eichmann is a reminder of a very dangerous side of our collective selves: we have the capacity to render unthinkable harm to our neighbors.

And this we must never forget. Apr 27, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: lapl-audio , non-fiction , dystopian. This book is fascinating. It covers the trial of Adolf Eichmann who was in charger of the transportation of Jews in Nazi Germany. Both in the mass deportation of Jews in the early stages and the eventual moving of Jews to concentration camps in the later stages of the final solution. It's fascinating as a look into Eichmann's character, not because he was a supremely talented or evil person, but because he was an average bureaucrat. It's also fascinating because it deal with how such a massive n This book is fascinating.

It's also fascinating because it deal with how such a massive number of people were transported around a large territory during a time of war and chronicles antisemitism throughout Europe in the time leading up to and during the second world war. The later part of the novel also deal with legal issues surrounding the existence of Israel as a state and it's ability to and the wisdom of trying Eichmann for crimes against the Jewish people as opposed to crimes against humanity.

I'm not surprised this book was highly controversial at the time of it's publication as the author unequivocally states that the Nazi's would not have been able to effectively move large numbers of Jews without the co-operation of Jewish organizations. While I don't disagree with this statement given the documentation on how the deportation and concentration of Jews was carried out, I think it's hard to disagree with, I also think it needs to be kept in mind that the vast majority of the members of these Jewish organizations where doing what they thought was the right thing, and were taking actions to mitigate the suffering of their people.

Overall, this is a fascinating and controversial book. Highly worth the time to read, even if you disagree with the author. Oct 06, Edward rated it really liked it Shelves: own , germany-prussia , north-america , 4-star , arendt , non-fiction. Readers also enjoyed.