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 Koyaanisqatsi 

What grade would you give this film?
A 83%  83%  [ 5 ]
B 17%  17%  [ 1 ]
C 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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 Koyaanisqatsi 
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Koyaanisqatsi (Hopi: [ˈkojɑːˌnisˈkɑtsi]), also known as Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance, is a 1982 film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke.

The film consists primarily of slow motion and time-lapse footage of cities and many natural landscapes across the United States. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music. Reggio explains the lack of dialogue by stating "it's not for lack of love of the language that these films have no words. It's because, from my point of view, our language is in a state of vast humiliation. It no longer describes the world in which we live." In the Hopi language, the word Koyaanisqatsi means "crazy life, life in turmoil, life out of balance, life disintegrating, a state of life that calls for another way of living". The film is the first in the Qatsi trilogy of films: it is followed by Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002). The trilogy depicts different aspects of the relationship between humans, nature, and technology. Koyaanisqatsi is the best known of the trilogy and is considered a cult film. However, because of copyright issues, the film was out of print for most of the 1990s.

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DAZZLING. I've never seen such stunning images ever put on fiLm that don't make use of hoLLywood speciaL effects (CGI, etc.) untiL now. It probabLy was groundbreaking back in '82 for its innovative styLe and cinematography but in a way, I think it stiLL is today. The two obvious messages of the fiLm are 1. Man's capacity has its own Limits. and 2. We (humans) wiLL aLL come back to what we came from in the future.

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No one else saw this great fiLm then shit Like AvP 2 has 20 reviews. :tears:


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I've seen it, many times. It's rlygud.


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I watched it in school like 3 times. There's a huge difference between watching a movie for entertainment and watching it because you're forced to and expected to be impressed by it. I wasn't. But I wasn't impressed by pretty much everything I watched in film school.

Even if I did watch this on my own terms I'd say it was tedious and boring and I don't like the music. That's right I'm the only person in the world who doesn't like Philip Glass. I can like movies that are only music and images, but a clear story would be nice (Triplets of Belleville comes to mind, but it's not a fair comparison).

Man With A Movie Camera was much more impressive, simply because it's much much older and has better music (at least the version I saw did).

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I think this needs to be seen on a big screen to be fully appreciated. Watching it at home just doesn't do it justice.

Philip Glass rocks, though.

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As glorious montages of our world go, I prefer Baraka to any of the films in this trilogy. This one comes the closest though.

But yo, what's with the fetishistic demand that Koyannisqatsi have a cut-and-dry story? How would that make this a stronger film? Look at Across the Universe and how the prequisite, rote story scuttled what could have been a more visually peppy I'm Not There. There is an endless list of movies with traditional narratives, character, etc. Here themes, visuals, and sound are the stars, and what glamorous and noble starlets they are!

Then again, I know all too well how being obligated to do something can make viewing a text less enjoyable, so to each their own.


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It's a good to great experience, it really makes the most out of it's editing, the shots are interesting and great to watch. It's topped off with exhilarating music and it makes for a nicely self-reflecting and enjoyable film. I guess I just wish there was a bit more to it.

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