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An art-house circuit sensation, this feature-length documentary is visually arresting and possesses a clear, pro-environmental political agenda. Without a story, dialogue, or characters, Koyaanisqatsi (1983) (the film's title is a Hopi word roughly translated into English as "life out of balance") is composed of nature imagery, manipulated in slow motion, double exposure or time lapse, juxtaposed with footage of humans' devastating environmental impact on the planet. Starting with an ancient rock wall painting, the film moves through sequences depicting clouds, waves, and other natural features, then into man-made landscapes such as buildings, earth-altering construction machinery, and cars. The message of director Godfrey Reggio is clear: humans are destroying the planet, and all of human progress is pointlessly foolish. Also notable for its intense, atmospheric score by new age composer Philip Glass, Koyaanisqatsi (1983) was a labor of love for Reggio, who spent several years filming it. The film was followed by sequels, Powaqqatsi (1988), Anima Mundi (1991) and Naqoyqatsi (1999). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:November 11, 2004

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Philip Glass Best Music Score 1983 Winner

Crew

Godfrey Reggio
Director
Godfrey Reggio
Producer
Godfrey Reggio
Screenwriter
Michael Hoenig
Screenwriter
Ron Fricke
Screenwriter
Godfrey Reggio
Cinematographer
Ron Fricke
Cinematographer
Michael Hoenig
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Hoenig
Musical Direction/Supervision
Philip Glass
Composer (Music Score)
Ron Fricke
Editor
Steve Maslow
Sound Mixer
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