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Koyaanisqatsi -- A motion picture essay which takes a revealing and shocking look at modern life and its imbalances.  The first film in a trilogy which was followed by Powaqatsi.

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Release Date:
24 August 1983 (France) See more »
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October 4, 1982. More than 5,000 people filled the sold out Radio City Music Hall to experience a remarkable film event. That event was the world premiere of KOYAANISQATSI. Now everyone can share the power of that experience. See more »
Plot:
A movie with no conventional plot: merely a collection of expertly photographed scenes. Subject matter has a highly environmental theme. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
it remains profound See more (179 total) »

Cast

  (in alphabetical order) (verified as complete)

Lou Dobbs ... Himself (uncredited)
Ted Koppel ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Godfrey Reggio 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ron Fricke 
Michael Hoenig 
Godfrey Reggio 
Alton Walpole 

Produced by
Francis Ford Coppola .... executive producer
Mel Lawrence .... associate producer
Roger McNew .... associate producer
T. Michael Powers .... associate producer
Godfrey Reggio .... producer
Lawrence Taub .... associate producer (as Lawrence S. Taub)
Alton Walpole .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
 
Cinematography by
Ron Fricke 
 
Film Editing by
Ron Fricke 
Alton Walpole 
 
Sound Department
David Brownlow .... sound effects recordist
Doc Goldstein .... audio technical assistant
David W. Gray .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
David B. Hancock .... organ location recording
Joe Lopes .... recording engineer: RCA Studios
Dominick Maita .... recording engineer: RPM Studios
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Meloney .... dubbing machine recordist
David Rivas .... sound effects editor
David Rivas .... sound effects recordist
Thomas Scott .... sound consultant (as Tom Scott)
Michael Stocker .... audio and electronic engineering
Michael Stocker .... sound effects recordist
Randy Thom .... sound effects recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Thomas Edmon .... optical consultant
Jane Gudwin .... optical consultant
Wayne V. McGee .... optical consultant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dean Alatzas .... grip
Neil Bockman .... assistant camera
David Brownlow .... assistant camera
Christine Gibson .... associate cinematographer
Phillip Harrington .... still photographer: microchip
Hillary Harris .... additional cinematographer
Roy Hememnez .... grip
Robert Hill .... assistant camera
Karl Kernberger .... still photographer: rock painting
Reinhard Lichter .... special camera modification
Wayne V. McGee .... still photographer: animation
Roger McNew .... assistant camera
Mark Muich .... grip
Robert Palmer .... grip
Louie Schwartzberg .... additional cinematographer (as Louis Schwartzberg)
Bruce Hill .... ultra high speed photography (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Cheryl Bloch .... second assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Tim Fennell .... second assistant editor
Bob Hagans .... color timer
Robert Hill .... assistant editor
Dennis Jakob .... consultant: editing
Tove Johnson .... assistant editor
Susan Marcinkus .... assistant editor
Ian Masters .... post-production consultant
Anne Miller .... associate editor
Matvey Shatz .... color timer
 
Music Department
Walter Bachauer .... music consultant
Seymour Barab .... musician: cello (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
John Beal .... musician: bass (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Jean Dane .... musician: cello (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Allan Dean .... musician: french horn (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Walter Deck .... musician: tuba (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
George Flynn .... musician: trombone (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Jon Gibson .... musician: saxophone (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Peter Gordon .... musician: french horn (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Mark Gould .... musician: trumpet (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Nancy Hemmings .... musician: Tibetan bells
Lowell Hershey .... musician: trumpet (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Michael Hoenig .... composer: additional music
Michael Hoenig .... musical director
Theodore Israel .... musician: viola (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Jill Jaffe .... musician: viola (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Jack Kripl .... musician: saxophone, flute and clarinet (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Jack Kripl .... musicians' contractor
Beverley Lauridsen .... musician: cello (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Charles Lewis .... musician: trumpet (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Marcia Mikulak .... music consultant
Bob Mintzer .... musician: saxophone and bass clarinet (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Sharon Moe .... musician: french horn (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Kermit Moore .... musician: cello (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Kurt Munkacsi .... music producer: Philip Glass music
Tom Nyfenger .... musician: piccolo and flute (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Keith O'Quinn .... musician: bass trombone (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Richard Peck .... musician: saxophone (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Philip Glass Ensemble .... music performed by
Samuel Pilafian .... musician: viola (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Susan Pray .... musician: viola (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
James Pugh .... musician: tuba (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Albert Richmond .... musician: trombone (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Michael Riesman .... conductor: Philip Glass music
Michael Riesman .... musician: keyboards (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Michael Riesman .... musician: solo organ
Russell Rizner .... musician: french horn (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Bob Smith .... musician: trombone (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Lew Soloff .... musician: trumpet (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Brooks Tillotson .... musician: french horn (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Henry Wolff .... musician: Tibetan bells
Frederic Zlotkin .... musician: bass (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
 
Other crew
Bruce Adams .... pilot: aerial cinematography
Paul Alexander .... special assistant: Philip Glass
Walter Bachauer .... script editor
Neil Bockman .... location access
Larry Browne .... production assistant
Cybele Carpenter .... special consultant to director
Russ Deal .... explosive engineer
Elizabeth Emerson .... pilot: aerial cinematography
Ronald B. Gold .... location access
Ronald P. Gold .... distribution researcher
Steve Goldin .... coordinator: IRE
Sally Jackson .... production assistant
John Kimmey .... consultant: Hopi prophecy
Dennis Kootshongsie .... consultant: Hopi prophecy
James Kootshongsie .... consultant: Hopi prophecy
Jeffrey Lew .... special consultant to director
Michael Lowatewama .... consultant: Hopi prophecy
Michael Lowatewama .... linguistic research on title
Ekkehart Malotki .... consultant: Hopi prophecy (as Dr. Ekkehart Malotki)
Ekkehart Malotki .... linguistic research on title (as Dr. Ekkehart Malotki)
Paul Pascarella .... title designer
Barbara Pecarich .... production assistant
Barbara Pecarich .... special consultant to director
T.A. Price .... special consultant to director
Godfrey Reggio .... concept
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director: Goldwyn Sound Facility
Bradford Smith .... creative consultant
Thomas F. Tarbet .... consultant: Hopi prophecy
Dan Williams .... pilot: aerial cinematography
Langdon Winner .... special consultant to director
 
Thanks
Bruce Conner .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
86 min
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Trivia:
The film contains a total of four frames (two frames each in two different places) of someone who appears to be adult film actress Marilyn Chambers. These appear during the "channel surfing" montage within the segment titled The Grid. In three of the four frames, she is visibly topless.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: About an hour into the movie, the camera operator is reflected in the elevator's glass window as the elevator passes "between" floors while shooting the escalators.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
title card:Translation of the Hopi Prophecies sung in the film: "If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster." - "Near the Day of Purification, there will be cobwebs spun back and forth in the sky." - "A container of ashes might one day be thrown from the sky, which could burn the land and boil the oceans."
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Features Superman II (1980)See more »

FAQ

What does Koyaanisqatsi mean?
What buildings are being demolished?
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28 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
it remains profound, 20 July 2004
Author: vjetorix from Seattle

KOYAANISQATSI remains a profound statement over twenty years after its original release. the point then is the point now.

one of the great things about this film is that while the intrusion of man is initially presented as profane and abhorrent, ultimately there is found a symmetry to the human experience that is as organic as anything found in the `natural' world. i used to be tempted to perceive humans as the only species on the plant that didn't fit, that threw everything out of balance, as it were. but over time it has become apparent that even the blight of man on earth is a naturally occurring phenomenon. the evolution of life is the destruction of life. the circle is unbroken.

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