31 Aug

The title Koyaanisqatsi means “unbalanced life” or “life out of balance” in the Hopi Native tongue, but the film demonstrates an intriguing balance between imagery and music. Director Godfrey Reggio collaborates with classical composer, Philip Glass and cinematographer Ron Fricke to create the most memorable and successful installment of the Qatsi Trilogy. Ironically, the film’s score is probably the most memorable aspect of the experience because Glass finds a way to communicate ideas through repetitive music.

I am not going to presume that I have figured out every metaphor operating in this masterpiece, but I love this film because of the multiple meanings that can be tied to the film’s visual choices. I have watch the film at least thirty times and find something new every time to think about. Is the film about the environment, humanity, over-population, creation, destruction, industry, technology, poverty, history, etc… The possibilities are endless depending on an audience’s political, social, cultural, and economic background.


Chuck’s Grade: A+

Adam’s Grade: B

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