Directed by Godfrey Reggio
86 min | 1982 | USA | Not Rated
Drawing its title from the Hopi word meaning “life out of balance,” Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi is an unconventional work in every way, nevertheless a sensation when it was released in 1983. This first work of The Qatsi Trilogy wordlessly surveys the rapidly changing environments of the Northern Hemisphere, in an astonishing collage created by the director, cinematographer Ron Fricke, and composer Philip Glass. It shuttles viewers from one jaw-dropping vision to the next, moving from images of untouched nature to others depicting human beings’ increasing dependence on technology Koyaanisqatsi’s heterodox methods (including hypnotic time-lapse photography) make it a look at our world from a truly unique angle.
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