Koyaanisqatsi

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MGM Released 1982

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Director:
Godfrey Reggio
Released:
1982
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Koyaanisqatsi is the first film in the Qatsi trilogy. It was directed by Godfrey Reggio, with cinematography by Ron Fricke. The film is a progression of images beginning with ancient sites and nature, moving on to ever more frenzied images of modern-day life. Set to the music of Philip Glass, the scenery is mainly from the American southwest and New York City. The film opens in a cave with an ancient pictograph on the wall. The word koyaanisqatsi, which is the Hopi Indian term for "life out of balance" is chanted somberly in the back ground. As the film proceeds, modern images are interspersed with images of nature, using time-lapse and slow-motion footage. Clouds pass over a skyscraper, while below strings of traffic navigate the city streets. In the subway, people move through passages, the footage is time-lapsed, showing super-busy modern life. The director adamantly describes the trilogy, not as a statement, but as art, where the viewer creates their own meaning.moreless

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  • 100

    Slant Magazine Chuck Bowen

    Koyaanisqatsi is enraged with modern societal convention, but still expresses awe of the spontaneous, incidental poetry that can exist despite invisible oppression.

  • 80

    Slate Seth Stevenson

    There are utterly transcendent moments amid this 87-minute music video. It's all about that pumping, hypnotic, emotionally-gripping Philip Glass vibe.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Koyaanisqatsi is an impressive visual and listening experience, that Reggio and Glass have made wonderful pictures and sounds, and that this film is a curious throwback to the 1960...

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