Double bill featuring two of the films produced by the acclaimed partnership of composer Philip Glass and filmmaker Godfrey Reggio.
Koyaanisqatsi (1983) Prepare to experience a truly remarkable film - a cinematic masterpiece so extraordinary that it regales the senses, stimulates the mind and actually redefines the potential of filmmaking. Celebrated director Godfrey Reggio, innovative cinematographer Ron Fricke and Golden Globe-winning composer Philip Glass have created a spellbinding film so rich in beauty and detail that with each viewing it becomes a new and different film. Unique, profound, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking, Koyaanisqatsi contrasts the tranquil beauty of nature with the frenzied hum of contemporary urban society. Uniting breathtaking imagery with a hauntingly evocative, award-winning score, it is original and fascinating.
Powaqqatsi (1988) Hailed by audiences and critics around the world as mesmerizing, this second instalment of writer/director Godfrey Reggio's apocalyptic "qatsi" trilogy is quite simply one of the most magnificent visual and aural spectacles ever made. Combining stunning cinematography with the exquisite music of award-winning composer Philip Glass, Powaqqatsi is a breathtaking experience working on many levels - emotional, spiritual, intellectual and aesthetic! Bold, haunting and epic in scale, this extraordinary film calls into question everything we think we know about contemporary society. By juxtaposing images of ancient cultures with those of modern life, Powaqqatsi masterfully portrays the human cost of progress. It is a film that engages the soul as well as the mind - it is truly an absorbing experience.
Mesmorising and hypnotic
- Koyaanisqatsi / Powaqqatsi review by CP Customer
Beautiful, hypnotic and, at times menacing, Koyaanisqatsi is a film of images recorded using time lapse photography set to the trance-like rhythms of a Philip Glass score. The film passes from the elemental, filmed in the vast American landscapes, and proceeds into the hurly burly cityscapes of modern American. The vast rocky expanse of the Canyonlands National Park awe through their timeless existence whilst the teaming cities rush towards exhaustion. In the modern world, the precision and dexterity of hotdog packing machines, traffic control systems and the mechanical assembly line contrast with the chaotic ballet of commuters, city traffic and assembly line workers. Throughout the film an underlying spirituality is maintained through the cathedral organ and Gregorian chants which bring calm to Glass’ hectic score, these are juxtaposed with pictograms sketched onto rocks by Fremont Indians suggesting a past unconscious of the nuclear future to come. This is a film without words but which speaks volumes.