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Reggio reuses techniques familiar from the previous film (slow motion, time-lapse, superposition) to dramatize the effects of the so-called First World on the Third: displacement, pollution, alienation. But he spends as much time beautifully depicting what various cultures have lost--cooperative living, a sense of joy in labor, and religious values--as he does confronting viewers with trains, airliners, coal cars, and loneliness. What had been a more or less peaceful, slow-moving, spiritually fulfilling rural existence for these "silent" people (all we hear is music and sound effects) becomes a crowded, suffocating, accelerating industrial urban hell, from Peru to Pakistan. Reggio frames Powaqqatsi with a telling image: the Serra Pelada gold mines, where thousands of men, their clothes and skin imbued with the earth they're moving, carry wet bags up steep slopes in a Sisyphean effort to provide wealth for their employers. While Glass juxtaposes his strangely joyful music, which includes the voices of South American children, a number of these men carry one of their exhausted comrades out of the pit, his head back and arms outstretched--one more sacrifice to Caesar. Nevertheless, Reggio, a former member of the Christian Brothers, seems to maintain hope for renewal. --Robert Burns Neveldine
I bought Koyaanisqatsi first and although the aspect ratio is a bit of putting as other reviews have said but from someone who grew up with bad black and white TV reception I... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Peter H.
Just amazing! The visuals, the score - this is such a thought-provoking film. The scenes of people from other areas of the world just going about life, the up close and personal... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ms. 90
I found this moving by accident at one time. It is one that you watch over and over and see something new each time.
A very different movie. Read more
Had to buy this! Koyaanisquatsi changed the perspective of many college students back in it's day. This is another mind expander. Excellent.Published 20 months ago by happy camper
If you dig the Philip Glass thing, there's hours and hours of pleasure had from the Powaqqatsi dvd. This movie is great for studying, house-cleaning and just plain watching and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by JimR
As the title says it is no Koyaanisqatsi but it is good in its own right.
Where Koyaanisqatsi was a reflection this one starts to get in your face rather than just make... Read more
Taking a friends advice I broadened my horizons beyond Koyaanisqatsi, which I liked. This film is a great take on moral issues entirely different and was well done. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by D. Butts