Saturday, May 17, 2008

Koyaanisqatsi



I've havent seen this film in entirety, but what I have seen is intense. Wikipedia tell me this: The film consists primarily of slow motion and time-lapse photography of cities and natural landscapes across the United States, with no dialogue or narration.

In the Hopi language, the word Koyaanisqatsi means 'crazy life, life in turmoil, life out of balance, life disintegrating, a state of life that calls for another way of living', and the film implies that modern humanity is living in such a way.

The director said that these films "have never been about the effect of technology, of industry on people. It's been that everyone - politics, education, things of the financial structure, the nation state structure, language, the culture, religion - all of that exists within the host of technology. So it's not that we use technology, we live technology..."

2 comments:

imaginarybeings said...

Oh man! THAT's the name of the movie I wanted to put in my queue on Netflix! I kept thinking of Microcosmos... also cool, but this is the one I was trying to think of! It's the same director/writer(?) who did Baraka...

MELISSA said...

i used to own this movie and someone in college stole it from me. i know who stole it too, i'm going to find them on facebook and ask for it back.

god i love the internet.