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The Ister (2004)




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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 embraced Nazism in 1933, though he often clashed with the party's leadership. In 1942, Heidegger delivered a series of lectures in which he analyzed at length the poem The Ister, an ode to the Danube River written in the late 18th century by the German author Friedrich Holderlin. Rather than a simple celebration of verse, Heidegger's talks used The Ister as a jumping-off point for discussions of technology, cultural identity, political change, and the war which then gripped both Germany and the world. Authors, filmmakers, and David Barison and Daniel Ross examine Heidegger's work and his take on Holderlin's poetry as they travel the length of the Danube with cameras in this documentary. The Ister explores how many of Heidegger's notions have retained currency as the filmmakers interview Jean-Luc Nancy, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Bernard Stiegler, and Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Critic Reviews for The Ister

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

A film about profound ideas deserved more imagination.

March 15, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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

February 14, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
New York Post
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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.

February 9, 2006 | Rating: 4/5
New York Times
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The headiest, head-scratching-est, damnedest, most demanding movie opening this week in New York.

October 22, 2005
Village Voice
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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.

January 4, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Laramie Movie Scope

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

February 9, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

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