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One of the most influential and iconoclastic figures of the 20th century, French philosopher and father of "deconstruction" Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) has single-handedly altered the way we look at history, language, art and film. In the spirit of Derrida's work, acclaimed filmmakers Kirby Dick (SICK: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF BOB FLANAGAN, SUPERMASOCHIST) and Amy Ziering Kofman have created an innovative and entertaining portrait by questioning the very concept of biography itself. Featuring a mesmerizing score by Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (THE LAST EMPEROR), DERRIDA is a playful and provocative glimpse at a visionary thinker as he ruminates on everything from SEINFELD to the sex lives of ancient philosophers. This Edition features additional rare interview footage with Derrida.
I was curious to see Derrida, and to hear him respond to questions about his philosophy. I enjoyed the film footage of Paris, and the frames that showed him teaching. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roberta Desalle
How strange it is see the banal paired with the almost Talmudic elements of Derrida's thought: this pairing, this humanizing of Derrida in Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman's... Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by C. D. Varn
Derrida was an excellent film, revealing the philosophers consistent way of practicing what he taught in a philosophically nuanced way. Read morePublished on March 31, 2011 by T. Delonas
To begin where I saw this (since I do not own this yet) it was in my philosophy course after reading his "Letter to a Japanese Friend. Read morePublished on April 7, 2010 by Erik A. Vega
Sure, this DVD is not Derrida speaking all the time about his major works, but there is a reason for that. Read morePublished on February 24, 2010 by Manuel Armenteros
Let me begin by saying that Derrida's philosophy has influenced me above all others. I am fascinated by his thinking, but this movie was a travesty. Read morePublished on December 30, 2009 by M. DeWitt
Displaying Life vs. Demonstrating Thought--this film cannot even do its task: the former.
" [...] the so called Cinema Verite is devoid of verite. Read more
The documentary was interesting because it is a side of Derrida not present in his works. But, throughout the documentary, I could not help but think that Derrida was merely... Read morePublished on May 5, 2008 by Morrigan Alexandros
Well, it's a stylishly crafted film. Nice electronic music. A few interesting shots of Derrida himself. He comes off as a fairly down to Earth guy. He has a nice sense of humor. Read morePublished on March 31, 2008 by thames