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Staub (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 3 December 2008 (USA)
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A look at the pervasive power of dust from its tiny particles settling in unseen places to its ability to cause illnesses and create the cosmos.

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Hartmut Bitomsky
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Credited cast:
Marga Beck Marga Beck ... Herself
Cornelia Hoepfner Cornelia Hoepfner ... Herself
Ayni Iloar Ayni Iloar ... Herself
Hiltrud Jehle Hiltrud Jehle ... Herself
Srecko Kekec Srecko Kekec ... Himself
Michaela Preuss Michaela Preuss ... Herself
Martin Schacht Martin Schacht ... Himself
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Dust. It is everywhere and ever-present. A conglomeration of the finest particles set in motion as soon as things are starting to settle. It is fought and cleared away and yet returns again even as it is being removed. A Sisyphus whoever tries to defeat it. 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. Dust causes illness, dust makes up the cosmos. It is the smallest, discernable subject about which to make a film.

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Germany | Switzerland

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German

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3 December 2008 (USA) See more »

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Dust See more »

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Making the invisible visible!
29 April 2008 | by herjochSee all my reviews

A documentary film about dust, a material everyone constantly has to deal with and often likes to curse, doesn't seem to provide a lot of entertainment.But director Hartmut Bitomsky has proved in his earlier films - such as "Reichsautobahn" and "B-52" -,that such "unfilmy" material can lead to interesting and thought-provoking results.So it is also here in an attempt to make the invisible visible.The film treats his subject from all different angles: It shows the beauty of dust,the danger of it, the necessity of it for the creation of galaxies and much more.As always Bitomsky is interested in the importance of his subject to the political and military spheres; and here we get quite surprising informations.A decisive part of course plays the daily Sysiphus-like fight with household-dust, which one can only relocate,but not eliminate.The humor in these scenes reminds of those with Shirley Henderson in Sally Potter's strange film "Yes".Bitomsky has always been an exponent of a more essaistic than academic documentary film-making; so here you find a lot of digressions and side notes.A little weakness: In some scenes in the industrial and technical parts the film would benefit from more detailed explications for non-specialists.At the end of the film we have learned a lot about an industry producing, analyzing,fighting wit and reprocessing dust.An entertaining lesson!


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