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The Dust of Time (2008)

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 cleansing products, housewives, toxic waste disposal workers, and museum custodians.

In examining the many types of dust, including microscopic particulates invisible to the naked eye, DUST hears from a variety of scientists-botanists, biologists, meteorologists, and astronomers-who investigate the environmental and health consequences of dust, from Sahara sandstorms and the Oklahoma dust bowl of the Thirties to the toxic dust generated by the 9/11 demolition of the WTC towers.

The phenomenological, philosophical and even artistic aspects of the culture of dust are also explored in interviews with artists and collectors. By closely examining a subject that surrounds us in our daily lives, but to which we rarely pay serious attention, DUST provides us with a new appreciation of the many ways in which dust affects our bodies, our environment, and even the cosmos.Indeed, by enabling us to take such a close look at particles often invisible to the naked eye, DUST offers us a fresh, new way to see the entire world.-- (C) Icarus Filmsmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Special Interest
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | December 4, 2008
AV Club
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How seriously you take Dust will depend not only on your patience, but on how anxious a streaky bookshelf makes you.

Full Review… | December 3, 2008
Time Out
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I never knew dust could give me such pleasure.

Full Review… | December 3, 2008
New York Post
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Dust is an eccentric and profoundly informative documentary.

December 3, 2008
New York Times
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Dustâ"the movieâ"is characterized by its clean cinematography, uncluttered compositions, and unceasing dialectic.

Full Review… | December 3, 2008
Village Voice
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Dispassionate disquisition is taken to the extreme in Hartmut Bitomsky's humorless docu.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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