The Ister
The Ister (2004)

In the 1930s and 40s, Martin Heidegger was arguably the world's most important and influential philosopher having won global recognition with this celebrated Being and Time in 1927. Heidegger was also wildly controversial having… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 24, 2004
DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
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John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle

A film about profound ideas deserved more imagination.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The headiest, head-scratching-est, damnedest, most demanding movie opening this week in New York.

Jamie Russell

An impressive philosophical exercise and a meditative work of cinematic beauty.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

At over three hours, The Ister is challenging -- and then some. But what's wrong with challenging?

Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A very ambitious film that journeys up the Danube from its mouth to it's source('s), noting the history of places, people and thought along its 3,000 kilometer length.

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Nathan Lee
New York Times

This uncompromisingly highbrow video essay voyages from the mouth of the Danube to the source, pausing en route for head-spinning detours into thickets of philosophy.

Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Is it fair to say that the language of philosophy is more or less writ in the manner of Final Jeopardy?

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