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Derrida (2002)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 31 January 2003 (UK)
Documentary about French philosopher (and author of deconstructionism) Jacques Derrida, who sparked fierce debate throughout American academia.

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Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering (as Amy Ziering Kofman)

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Cast overview:
Jacques Derrida Jacques Derrida ... Himself
Marguerite Derrida Marguerite Derrida ... Herself
René Major René Major ... Himself
Chantal Major Chantal Major ... Herself
Avital Ronell ... Herself
René Derrida René Derrida ... Himself
Eddie Yeghiayan Eddie Yeghiayan ... Himself
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Documentary about French philosopher (and author of deconstructionism) Jacques Derrida, who sparked fierce debate throughout American academia.

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What if someone came along who changed not the way you think about everything, but everything about the way you think?

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USA

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English | French

Release Date:

31 January 2003 (UK) See more »

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Деррида See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,473, 27 October 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$156,450, 16 February 2003
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Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Disappointing attempt at portraying a brilliant thinker
5 January 2011 | by julie-lynne-leeSee all my reviews

There is little I can write that other reviewers have not already, skillfully written. The film was a gutting disappointment in regards to portraying segments of the life of a brilliant philosopher. The filmmakers were dim when it came to asking stimulating questions, and (gleeful to watch) Derrida called them out and/or mocked them for this on occasion. Too, the American interviewer lacked the French necessary to do the man justice.

What is also bothersome: the filmmaker's readings of Derrida quotes. It seems so self-involved. Why not have Derrida read them? Also, while Derrida touches on issues of masculinity and philosophy, the words would have still been better read by a man, if for nothing more than auditory pleasure/consistency. The filmmaker drew far too much attention to herself rather than the incredibly intelligent man she was interviewing.

I agree entirely with the reviewer that said the filmmakers were like groupies. Indeed. Seemingly dimwitted, self-involved groupies, at that.


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