Manufactured Landscapes

Manufactured Landscapes

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Director: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky

Cast: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky

     
 

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Documentarian Jennifer Baichwal's latest film, Manufactured Landscapes, represents a multifaceted effort. The picture ostensibly provides a thought-provoking investigation of photographer Edward Burtynsky's legacy, with its aesthetic studies of industrial landscapes. But Baichwal's documentary probes deeper than a mere surface-level glimpse of Burtynsky's life

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Documentarian Jennifer Baichwal's latest film, Manufactured Landscapes, represents a multifaceted effort. The picture ostensibly provides a thought-provoking investigation of photographer Edward Burtynsky's legacy, with its aesthetic studies of industrial landscapes. But Baichwal's documentary probes deeper than a mere surface-level glimpse of Burtynsky's life and work. It uses the topic of Burtynsky as a springboard, segueing, from there, into a protracted exploration of "the aesthetic, social and spiritual dimensions of industrialization and globalization." Whereas Burtynsky's photographs reveal human beings dwarfed by the massive industrialized landscape that surrounds them, Baichwal (much as Louis Malle did in his Humain, Trop Humain) sheds a light on the tedium and monotony suffered by workers who are assigned small components of huge manufacturing processes, and must endure the repetitive work that it entails. She and cinematographer Peter Mettler also travel to China and Bangladesh -- the corner of the world that serves as a destination for much of the West's industrial waste -- and convey the devastating impact that corporate disposal makes on indigenes, such as the two young men who must wade around, waist deep, in toxic sludge while tearing ships apart with their bare hands. The picture thus raises some significant and sobering questions about the impact that we, as humans, make on our environment.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2007
UPC:
0629159033853
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Metropole Canada
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
78,842

Special Features

16:9 anamorphic presentation (1.78:1); Optional French subtitles; 5.1 audio; Additional scenes (optional director's commentary); Stills gallery with commentary by Edward Burtynsky; Discussion with the director & Edward Burtynsky; Mini-interview with cinematographer/collaborator; Theatrical trailer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Manufactured Landscapes
1. Chapter 1 [8:28]
2. Chapter 2 [5:55]
3. Chapter 3 [6:19]
4. Chapter 4 [5:28]
5. Chapter 5 [7:27]
6. Chapter 6 [7:43]
7. Chapter 7 [4:19]
8. Chapter 8 [3:32]
9. Chapter 9 [6:57]
10. Chapter 10 [6:36]
11. Chapter 11 [3:45]
12. Chapter 12 [4:18]
13. Chapter 13 [3:30]
14. Chapter 14 [4:24]
15. Chapter 15 [4:13]
16. Chapter 16 [3:23]

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Manufactured Landscapes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
Some Environmental movies just do the tell-you-what-to-think, but this one lets you go along around the globe to simultaneously see the problems and watch the filmmakers do their things. Sometimes it is "suspicions confirmed" about the destruction of our planet, but this is true and shocking.