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Godfrey Reggio

Powaqqatsi

Edition 1988
99' - 1988 - Documentary, Music/Musical - Dialogue: Spanish, English
Director: Godfrey Reggio Composer: Philip Glass With: Christie Brinkley, David Brinkley, Patrick Disanto
Completely wordless, Powaqqatsi derives its impact from the rhythm of the cutting. Glass' score was composed along with the editing, and is a powerful emotional experience that helps put the film in a category of its own. Chief cameraman Leonida Zourdoumis and Graham Berry deliberately emphasize the high-tech end of their profession. The preference is for telephoto lensing, soft focus and striking camera angles that make a boat seem to sink below the waves, or a boy and his horse appear to be frolicking in the middle of the ocean. High-speed photography further abstracts the images into a slow-motion dance, turning exotic subjects and locales into a world of shimmering chimeras that are as beautiful to look at as they are hard to grasp concretely. (Variety, 16.3.88)
Powaqqatsi can be described as a Third World rendition of much the same spiritual visuals and sensory sounds found in Koyaanisqatsi. But in contrast to the previous film, this one celebrates a global culture of labor and craftmanship, worship and creativity in contrast to the lethargy of today 's city dwellers. (R. Holloway in Hollywood Reporter, 15. 3. 88)

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Credits

Director

Godfrey Reggio

Composer

Philip Glass

With

Christie Brinkley, David Brinkley, Patrick Disanto

Scenario

Godfrey Reggio, Ken Richards

Director of Photography

Graham Berry, Leonidas Zourdoumis

Editor

Iris Cahn, Alton Walpole

Producer

Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus

More information

Dialogue

Spanish, English

Countries of production

United States of America

Year

1988

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