Powaqqatsi

Powaqqatsi

Life in Transformation

DVD - 2003
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This visually spectacular film calls into question everything we think we know about contemporary society. By juxtaposing images of ancient cultures with those of modern life, this experimental film masterfully portrays the human cost of progress.
Publisher: Moore Park, N.S.W. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment [distributor], c2003
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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akirakato
Jul 26, 2017

Directed by Godfrey Reggio and originally released in 1988, this 100-minute no-dialogue documentary portrays the human cost of progress by juxtaposing images of ancient cultures with those of modern life.
Po・waq・qa・tsi (from the Hopi language, powaq + qatsi 【sorcerer + life】) means an entity, a way of life, that consumes the life forces of other beings in order to further its own life.
Although it is a profoundly thought-provoking documentary, you might feel like yawning while watching the same kind of images over and over again.

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WilliamOates
Jun 30, 2016

for philip glass fans!

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Gizmo_Joe
Jun 20, 2015

To be sure - When it came to Powaqqatsi's notable camera-work, I certainly had nothing to really complain about in regards to that. Overall, it was quite excellent and impressive to behold.

But, with that said, I honestly have to admit that viewing recurring images of 3rd World poverty and population overload (set at a gruellingly slow pace) did, indeed, become quite tiresome to sit through, in the long run.

In fact, I ended up watching most of Powaqqatsi in fast-forward mode - 'Cause I knew that I just couldn't have endured viewing it, from start to finish, at its full 99-minute running time. No way.

Powaqqatsi was directed by Godfrey Reggio. Its budget was $2.5 million.

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1aa
Dec 02, 2014

Auto-cannibalism as an emergent property of human social behavior, shown in moving images and set to music.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Mar 03, 2013

Sans actors, storyline, and dialogue, I guess that I must be far too jaded for not appreciating Powaqqatsi as others had guaranteed me I would._____ Even though this film did, at times, contain some vividly startling images, its overall effect quickly became monotonous, repeatedly showing me too much of the same sort of thing, over and over again._____ It didn't help matters much that Philip Glass's meandering, synthesized musical score nearly put me off to sleep._____ Far too much of Powaqqatsi's imagery focussed in too closely on the dirty, over-crowded poverty of various Third World countries._____ For a short while my interest in these images was piqued, but, before long (after having it shoved into my face for 90 solid minutes) it began to grate on my nerves and my attention soon waned.

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hertz
Mar 03, 2011

What a brilliant spectacle of shots of humanity from all over the world. Celebrates the inherent dignity in life, the glory of the world and human adaptation and the will to live. Resounding score lends the whole a stirring pace and grandeur.

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