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Powaqqatsi was the second of the feature-length "non narrative" films produced, directed and co-scripted by Godfrey Reggio. As in his earlier Koyaanisqatsi, Reggio utilizes a collage of sounds and gimmicked-up images to make a comment on modern life. And as in the earlier film, Reggio's onslaught of imagery is backed up by the music of Philip Glass. This time, Reggio concentrates on Third World cultures, and the way those cultures are perceived and sometimes exploited by the power merchants of the world. Powaqqatsi was supposed to be the second in a trilogy, but wasn't as… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"Reggio's work may be mesmerizing and technically engrossing, but it's also narrowly self-righteous. Instead of expanding our consciousness, he instead seeks to squeeze it into his point of view through a movie that tries to tell us what to think."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"An exquisite combination of sound and vision."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"'shows the consequences of what we have done in the past and the danger of where we are heading'"
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
"You'd be hard-pressed to find another movie that conveys the contrasts of life in the modern world more effectively."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
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