Naqoyqatsi

Rated NR

In 1983 director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass teamed up to make the New Age documentary Koyaanisqatsi ("Life out of Balance"). It was followed by Powaqqats ("Life in Transformation") in 1988, and now 14 years later the Qatsi trilogy is complete so that the dozens of nail-biting fans can quell their eager anticipation at last. This third installment continues the non-narrative tradition of streaming surreal images shot with digital manipulation and stop motion while accompanied by Glass’s melodramatic score with the help of master cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. The three acts comment on humankind’s downward spiral caused by the infiltration of technology and our inclination towards violence. "Life With War", which is the English translation of the Hopi title, uses miscellaneous stock footage of newsreels, corporate logos and political figures that are distorted through color, shape and pace, in order to contrast the ephemeral images of nature and to convey the destructive society that we have created. Although an interesting topic is presented in a unique way, the odd dreamlike aesthetics will not capture today’s audience.

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