Naqoyqatsi

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Overview

Filmmaker, philosopher and activist Godfrey Reggio completes the film trilogy he began with Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi in this visually striking examination of the impact of technology upon our culture. Naqoyqatsi is a word from the Hopi language which roughly translates as "war as a way of life" or "a life of killing each other," and in this film Reggio uses a intense barrage of images - most of which have been drawn from existing film footage and then altered using a variety of optical and digital techniques ...
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Overview

Filmmaker, philosopher and activist Godfrey Reggio completes the film trilogy he began with Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi in this visually striking examination of the impact of technology upon our culture. Naqoyqatsi is a word from the Hopi language which roughly translates as "war as a way of life" or "a life of killing each other," and in this film Reggio uses a intense barrage of images - most of which have been drawn from existing film footage and then altered using a variety of optical and digital techniques - to express his belief that technology is no longer at war with nature. Instead, we have allowed technology to become the "nature" in which we live, and as it stretches our physical and emotional environment in new and troubling directions, we have created for ourselves a world of greater chaos, violence, and confusion. As with his previous features in this trilogy, Naqoyqatsi features an original score by Philip Glass, featuring cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma; director Steven Soderbergh, a noted admirer of Reggio's first two films, served as executive producer.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
Godfrey Reggio deserves considerable credit for directing a trilogy of ambitious, feature-length experimental films. Unfortunately, he seems to be running out of fresh ideas. Despite a portentous but nonetheless hypnotic score by Philip Glass (with cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma), this movie seems more meandering than compelling. The film's visual imagery relies heavily on speeding up, slowing down, coloring, and otherwise manipulating previously shot footage from TV commercials, newsreels, corporate videos, and other sources. Unfortunately, some of the visual effects are overdone, a lot of the resulting visuals are humdrum, and the juxtaposition of images is overly heavy handed and obvious (e.g., contrasting real-life violence with video violence) when it isn't simply disjointed. This movie needs a greater abundance of captivating, original imagery that better expresses the film's themes without lapsing as often into vagueness or obviousness.
Washington Post - Michael O'Sullivan
Filmmaking at its purest and most visceral -- a tale full of sound and visual fury, signifying, if not exactly nothing, then something not so readily articulated in words.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2011
  • UPC: 031398138846
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Miramax Lionsgate
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,040

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fidel Castro Interviewee
Bill Clinton Interviewee
Technical Credits
Godfrey Reggio Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Joe Beirne Producer
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Russell Fine Cinematographer
Philip Glass Score Composer, Screenwriter
Steve Goldin Associate Producer
Cameron Hickey Animator
Jon Kane Editor
Mel Lawrence Co-producer
Zachary David Medow Animator
Bill Morrison Editor
Steven Soderbergh Executive Producer
Lawrence Taub Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful music and a barrage of images

    This film shows best the connection between the old way of living to the new, technological way. Images of historical events, pop-culture, war and the computer age fuse into one large event that truly defines the world in which we live. Fueled by an amazing score composed by Philip Glass, the music blends together with the images to create a symphony of emotion and deep thought. Definately recommended!

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