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Koyaanisqatsi 1982

  • Godfrey Reggio
  • June 6, 1982
  • 87 mins
  • English
  • Documentary, Music
Until now, you've never really seen the world you live in.
Takes us to locations all around the US and shows us the heavy toll that modern technology is having on humans and the earth. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and the exceptional music by Philip Glass.


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Without any single line of words, this movie's strength lies on cinematographic arrangement, musical composition, and viewer's own interpretation. Ron Fricke done a terrific job (especially on his city nightscape) and Philip Glass's composition is wonderful. However, viewers' unfamiliar with the film's narrative (post-capitalist critiques on technology) might find themselves' confused with a long still-shots, slow-motions, and fast-forwarded scenes the movie delivers. I personally need to take some time to connect the dots between the scenes presented.

The lack of dialogue, though, gives the movie more chance to be re-watched, as it presents an open-ended interpretation - which seems to be the director's intention. And if you can't watch it for the narrative, at the very least you can watch it for the wonderful music.

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I think this film deserves more attention. Especially today.
All time favorite!

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