And its title is notoriously hard to pronounce. It was actually during a Google search a few years back when looking for timelapse footage of urban traffic for work rather than pleasure!
Share via Email We're on the road to ruin And its title is notoriously hard to pronounce. What's not to love about Koyaanisqatsi? I came to Godfrey Reggio 's masterpiece very late. It was actually during a Google search a few years back when looking for timelapse footage of urban traffic for work rather than pleasure!
This meant I first watched it as all its loyal fans say not to: If ever a film was destined for watching in a cinema, this is it. But, even without the luxury of full immersion, I was still truly captivated by it and, without any exaggeration, I still think about it every day.
Koyaanisqatsi's formula is simple: There's your mood bomb, right there.
But Reggio's directorial vision is key, too. He was the one who drove the project for six years on a small budget as he travelled with Fricke across the US in the mid-to-late s, filming its natural and urban wonders with such originality.
Koyaanisqatsi directed by Godfrey Reggio with music by Philip Glass.
Murdo Macleod for the Guardian Personally, I view the film as the quintessential environmental movie — a transformative meditation on the current imbalance between humans and the wider world that supports them in the Hopi language"Koyanaanis" means turmoil and "qatsi" means life.
But Reggio has rightly refused to define the film's specific meaning; he even fought unsuccessfully with the distributor for the film to have no title.
Incidentally, it was only Francis Ford Coppola's last-minute support that helped push it into mainstream cinemas. For some, it's an ode to technology. For some people, it's a piece of shit.
Or it moves people deeply. It depends on who you ask. It is the journey that is the objective. But it was his time spent making shorts for the Institute for Regional Education in the early 70s that sparked Koyaanisqatsi. The first section of Koyaanisqatsi begins with long, aerial shots of the natural world — cloudscapes, ocean waves, the desert scenery of Monument Valley made so famous by s westerns.
Slowly, the presence of mankind drips into the film:May 28, · "Life unquestioned is life lived in a religious state." ~Godfrey Reggio.
Is seventeen or eighteen years (depending on how you count, we’re not getting into it) enough distance to allow us to start doing some real analysis of the 20 th century? In putting together Koyaanisqatsi, director Godfrey Reggio set out to begin that process of reckoning. Koyaanisqatsi was filmed by Godfrey Reggio in (or, rather, released in the filming itself took years) and given a magnificent score by one of the leading modern composers, minimalist Philip Glass.
Koyaanisqatsi () directed by Godfrey Reggio with music by Philip Glass. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian It may look hackneyed now, as . An Essay on "Koyaanisqatsi" by The film that I shall be looking at in this essay is "Koyaanisqatsi", directed by Godfrey Reggio.
Made over seven years and released in , the film shows mans impact on nature, and the way people live their lives, focussing on American society and culture. Koyaanisqatsi, an independent film by Francis Ford Coppola, Godfrey Reggio, The Institute for Regional Education, with a film score by Philip Glass.
KOYAANISQATSI, Reggio's debut as a film director and producer, is the first film of the QATSI trilogy.