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So, in the third installment, what was left to achieve? The opposite: to tell a story with synthetic images, but also without reliance on dialog, characters, or formal dramatic structure. A purely abstract film, in other words, where every image could be controlled precisely. The result is Godfrey Reggio's Naqoyqatsi, which, in my opinion, is not quite abstract enough.
When relying on "real" images (i.e., representational) exclusively, you have to find metaphors and make connections indirectly. Koyaanisqatsi's most powerful example of this is a shot toward the end where we see an elderly person's hand emerge from an endless row of hospital beds seen obliquely so that they are nothing more than diagonal lines of metal and plastic. It's a haunting moment - humanity reaching out from the suffocating cocoon of technology it has woven about itself; reaching out for contact with something real.
But the computer-enhanced (and often computer generated) work in Naqoyqatsi goes for the obvious most of the time. Instead of oblique metaphors, we get transliterations: actual ones and zeros flying around the screen to represent information overload; corporate logos in 3-D zooming at us to tell us how pervasive they are - complete with the obvious Cheap Shot at Corporate Greed: the dreaded Enron logo; dollar signs raining on stock traders at the NYSE. And so on.
It's mostly clumsy.Read more ›
The DVD has a extremely short clip of Steven Soderburg and Godfrey Reggio talking about the film which isn't all that important. There is a conversation with Yo-yo Ma and Phillip Glass which is nice to have on the DVD but really doesn't give that much insight on the movie. Probably the best extra of the DVD is the NYU Panel Discussion with Godfrey Reggio, Phillip Glass, and Visual Designer Jon Kane.
Some could call this just one long MTV video but I think it holds more substance than that. The message of the film could definitely be different for everyone but, I find that the message of the movie is that life is a stuggle, a struggle against technology, society, religion, and the future. Personally this is my second favorite "qatsi" film, second only to the first film. This is a great conclusion to a wonderful trilogy and should not be missed by fans of the Qatsi trilogy.
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i love artsy and pensive, visually stunning movies, but unfortunately this one was none of those adjectives. Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by EugeSchu
The three works in the series, Powaqatsi has to be the best for visuals and Naqoyqatsi with its performance by Yo Yo Ma definitely head and shoulders above the other two for music. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Jon Norstog
If you like photography and cinema, Qatsi trilogy is a must see.
But is important to see the firs and second movies as well.
This arrived very quickly and is a beautiful cinematic masterpiece. It is thought -provoking on many levels. Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Rachelle Tree Bombe
As with all of the Godfrey Reggio and Phillip Glass creations there is a tremendous amount of information conveyed without dialogue. Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by Mike
With musical score by Philip Glass and YoYo Ma, and imagery from both historical and contemporary industrial and military sources, this film leads one into an altered state of... Read morePublished on February 21, 2011 by Jude Fowlersmith
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