Manufactured Landscapes (US Edition)
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The film follows Internationally acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky whose large-scale photographs of manufactured landscapes quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams create stunningly beautiful art from civilization s materials and debris. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country s massive industrial revolution. Burtynsky s photographs allow us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste.
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Director Jennifer Baichwal accompanied Burtynsky on several trips to Asia, observing the artist at work and allowing a movie camera to see the industrial landscape as he does. This gives the photographs context that they don't normally have, and Burtynsky takes the opportunity to comment in a spare narration. Baichwal wisely subscribes to the same philosophy as Burtynsky in never interpreting or demystifying the photos. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many of Burtynsky's photographs are presented in the film and amazed at how well the movie footage supports and directs the viewer into them.
After photographing extraction industries for 10 years, Burtynsky turned his attention to China, where all those materials coalesce and are turned into products we consume. We go with him as he documents the rapidly changing landscapes at a factory, a village that recycles "e-waste", a shipyard, coal mine, the incredible Three Gorges Dam, and China's fastest-growing city, Shanghai. A short trip to a shipwrecking beach in Bangladesh is particularly astonishing. "Manufactured Landscapes" showed me things I had never seen before.Read more ›
|Length: 2:15 Mins|
You want to see this movie --- you need to see this movie --- for many reasons, and scale is the first. We talk about global warming and environmental degradation and maybe we see a picture of an ice cap and a polar bear or a giant landfill, but we rarely see how big these things can be.
Edward Burtynsky is all about big.
He started, decades ago, by wondering what happened to the quarries that produced giant slabs of stone. What he found were excavated masterpieces --- inverted monuments, exactingly carved, extending hundreds of feet into the earth. In their way, they're gorgeous.
In the last few years, Burtynsky has moved on to China, an agrarian country transforming itself, at warp speed, into an industrial powerhouse. That means: a factory that produces 20 million flat-irons a year. The third largest aluminum recycling yard in the world. A dam so big --- the largest ever conceived, by 50% --- that 1.1 million people had to disassemble their homes and evacuate 13 villages so the thing could be built.
Many of these images show factories and apartments that are new and shiny, light years from what we think of as sweatshop workplaces and workers' housing. But don't be fooled. Much of the labor we see is so repetitive that none of us would last an hour.Read more ›
But the Standard Definition instant video Amazon has provided here is of terrible quality. Yes, I was aware it was SD when I purchased it, and as far as I know this film has never been offered in HD in any format. But Edward Burtynsky's medium is large format photography which has stunning depth and resolution to it - all of which is totally lost in a SD video stream. I mean - it's entirely pointless to try to appreciate this guy's work in this format. Look instead for his other film Watermark, which is available in HD - or better yet, purchase his books. The content in Manufactured Landscapes is available in the book by the same name, with stunningly beautiful high quality photographs - it never leaves my coffee table.
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I absolutely love this documentary. Unfortunately buying it on blueray doesn't provide a quality increase because the film is just poor quality. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great video for my environmental science students. Although a bit dated, rolls lots of the ideas and images into one movie.Published 2 months ago by trudy p
Great film to brig awareness through stunning visually imagery.Published 2 months ago by new focus aperture
An eye-opening look at human intervention in the world's environment.Published 2 months ago by william corney
One of my favorites. I use this as an aid when talking about sustainable development, it helps get people thinking. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark J. Franklin
Excellent documentary, featuring connections between art and the environmentPublished 7 months ago by YCN
Constant need for energy and progress is changing our lives, landscape, and world at large! This is an eye-opening documentary that raises awareness of delicate problem most people... Read morePublished 9 months ago by VJ
A compelling look at the photography of Edward Burtynsky and the impact of man on the landscape in China.Published 9 months ago by Wags