The Ister (2004)

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A 3000km journey up the Danube river to the heart of Europe.

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'The Ister' is a 3000km journey to the heart of Europe, from the mouth of the Danube river at the Black Sea, to its source in the German Black Forest. The film is based on the work of the most influential and controversial philosopher of the 20th century, Martin Heidegger, who swore allegiance to the National Socialists in 1933. By marrying a vast philosophical narrative with a fascinating journey up Europe's greatest waterway, the film invites the viewer to unravel the extraordinary past and future of 'the West.' Written by David Barison and Daniel Ross

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Fascinating for a few, but certainly not for everybody.
14 February 2006 | by (Montclair, NJ) – See all my reviews

It was a very interesting movie for those who are interested in the subjects it talks about and somewhat knowledgeable about its subject matter, but it is certainly not for all audiences. It was well made, and there were (intentionally) humorous moments, lots of memorable scenery, beautiful music, and a good bit of variety. Not all of it was French intellectuals talking about Heidegger. But a lot of it was quite serious, even heavy. My companion remarked that there were a lot of words for only a few insights, but that's often what one must put up with, and most movies offer no insights at all. I must admit, though, to having a vision, at the end, of Alvy Singer taking Annie Hall to see "The Ister" a second time, her resisting, and the audience cheering for her. Still, I plan to buy the DVDs if they're not too expensive.

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