Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance
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Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance
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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Whether or not the movie exposes a world that is manifestly out of balance, Reggio and Glass's liturgy is that rarest of art forms: an avant-garde work with purpose and substance that also succeeds as entertainment."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"Jaw dropping photography. A unique experience."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (cleveland.com)
"gets its point across through Phillip Glass' hypnotic and evocative score, cinematographer Ron Fricke's creative and provocative juxtapositions, and mystical forces"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Relentlessly concerned with the surface reality of human life, Koyaanisqatsi completely misses the inner beauties and dignities of man-made civilization."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Unique and fascinating; great Philip Glass score"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Odd, hypnotic, and frequently quite beautiful."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"'A magnificent, eye-opening experience'"
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
"I guarantee you've never seen anything quite like it."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"What makes this film great is its structure, the fact that photography, editing and music alone can combine to form an epic, 90-minute composition that coheres."
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
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