The Dust of Time
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Dust is everywhere and ever-present. A conglomeration of the smallest particles, dust nestles in carpets and in attics. It invades laboratories and settles on artworks. It is blown into the air from factory smokestacks and resides in every raindrop. It is fought and cleared away, but in this Sisyphean task, dust is set in motion and returns even as it is being removed.

Dust examines the myriad forms and pathways of dust. It pursues dust to the places where it settles and meets the people who contend with it. Armies of cleaning men and women, manufacturers of vacuum cleaners and air… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hartmut Bitomsky's Dust makes a pensive study of the title particulate, considering the way we wage a never-ending battle with the tiny specks that gather around us."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Dust is an eccentric and profoundly informative documentary."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"An incoherent dream-like story that lyrically traces the last half-century in the life of a stressed-out Greek-American filmmaker telling his family's story... ."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Dust may not sound like the most mesmerizing film subject, but Dust makes it so. Hartmut Bitomsky's amazing documentary covers its subject almost as comprehensively as dust covers everything itself."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"In the end, Bitomsky equates dust with life and death and the infinite"
‑ Paul Brenner,
"How seriously you take Dust will depend not only on your patience, but on how anxious a streaky bookshelf makes you."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Dustâ"the movieâ"is characterized by its clean cinematography, uncluttered compositions, and unceasing dialectic."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"For those most curious about the world around them, Dust is a revelation."
‑ Rob Humanick,
"It's not quirky, nor is it exactly cautionary. It casually mentions all the various forms of lethal stuff we could be breathing at any moment, in any part of the world, and then ends with a shrug."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Never feels philosophically uncommitted, nor does it scan as neo-colonialist exploitation."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"I never knew dust could give me such pleasure."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Dispassionate disquisition is taken to the extreme in Hartmut Bitomsky's humorless docu."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"mia ananeomeni skinothetiki proseggisi os pros tin safos mikroteri diarkeia ton paradosiakon anekdotologikon toy panarismaton kai ton tahytero, shedon kanoniko rythmo tis tainias, eno fernei toys iroes toy pio konta stin othoni, gia na tairiaksei i aposta"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Everything you ever wanted to know about dust. And even more than you ever thought possible. Then even more."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"An engagingly philosophic approach to a mundane topic."
‑ Cathleen Roundtree, Boxoffice Magazine
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