Koyaanisqatsi(Forum 50)
Nearly four decades after its release, Koyaanisqatsi has lost none of the power which mesmerized audiences and auteurs alike – a piece of visually riveting “pure cinema” which led to Francis Ford Coppola signing himself up to help distribute the film. With a Hopi-language title which translates as “life out of balance”, Godfrey Reggio’s directorial debut takes aim at the many contradictions of a beautiful world succumbing to modern technology. Ron Fricke’s majestic camerawork offers grand gestures aplenty, mixing sweeping views of wide open vistas, time-lapse sequences of chaotic cities and everything in between. Bolstered by a Philip Glass soundtrack, the film allows the viewer to immerse themselves in a documentary which looks forward and sees forever. It’s at once a widescreen experience aiming at the heart or a powerful critique of modern capitalism made for the mind, a cinematic milestone that has yet to be repeated even in our IMAX age.
Godfrey Reggio
Release Date
No Dialogue
Run Time
86 minutes
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