Koyaanisqatsi (1982) Poster



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Followed by 

Powaqqatsi (1988)
Anima Mundi (1992) (Short)
Naqoyqatsi (2002)

Edited from 

Star Trek: Day of the Dove (1968) (TV Episode)
Clip shown during montage of television images

Edited into 

Wide Awake (2006)
Features images from Koyaanisqatsi, namely the night traffic time lapse
The Killing of John Lennon (2006)
Footage used when Mark returns to New York City.
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: Poor Little Rich Boy (2015) (TV Episode)
Used as period footage of New York City in the early 1980's.


Solaris (1972)
There's a long highway shot, like the one used in Solyaris
Organism (1975) (Short)
New York seen through time-lapse techniques were employed by Godfrey Reggio in his film after seeing this short.
TRON (1982)

Referenced in 

Cheers: I Kid You Not (1989) (TV Episode)
Lilith mentions the movie by name.
The Church (1989)
Der Todesking: The Death King (1990)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Catalina Caper (1990) (TV Episode)
Title referenced by Servo
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Fugitive Alien (1991) (TV Episode)
Servo utters the title as the opening credits roll.
Baraka (1992)
Siskel & Ebert: Striking Distance/Into the West/The Age of Innocence/Household Saints/Baraka (1993) (TV Episode)
Gene Siskel says that a clip from "Baraka" (1992) may remind viewers of this movie.
The Matrix (1999)
When Morpheus shows the 1999 world in the TV set, images of cities and running cars are shown in the same manner as in Koyaanisqatsi.
Donnie Darko (2001)
The Bank (2001)
Decasia (2002)
25th Hour (2002)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: A Night at the Movies (2003) (TV Episode)
Grissom says he watched that movie in the same movie house where CSIs start their investigation in this episode.
Sweets to the Sweet: The Candyman Mythos (2004) (Video)
This film is referenced.
5th World (2005)
in dialogue
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
When "Earth Mark II" restarted all life, man was represented with high-speed time-lapse photography.
Cashback (2006)
The passing moon behind the building is almost a direct copy from Koyaanisqatsi. The movie also features a lot of timelapses of traffic the same way done as in Koyaanisqatsi.
Two Tigers (2007)
DVD seen
The 11th Hour (2007)
several sped-up images of cars and people
99 francs (2007)
The sausage factory shot in the "accelerated life" montage.
Silicon Valley Timelapse (2008)
The third scene in chapter 6 is a tribute to Reggios skyscraper shots in Koyaanaquatsi
Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) (Video Game)
In the trailer for GTA IV, the song "Pruit Igoe" from Koyaanisqatsi is heard while high-speed timelapse photography of the game's environment is seen.
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
Cited as an influence by director Tony Scott
The Simpsons: The Real Housewives of Fat Tony (2011) (TV Episode)
Otto watches "Koyaanisqatsi," with commentary by Phillip Glass.
Rasa Yatra (2012)
technological order
Alan Partridge (2013)
The Koyaanisqatsi title song by Philip Glass is being played over shots of Norfolk in the intro sequence - it transpires that it is Alan simply broadcasting the song over the radio, which he describes as having 'a sense of foreboding'.
Elemental Mass (2013)
The film was Inspired by Koyanasiquatsi
The Place on the Corner (2014) (Short)
mentioned by interview subject


Pac-Man (1980) (Video Game)
Game appears in this film
Superman II (1980)
The elevator with the hydrogen bomb (that frees the Phantom Zone villains) and the credits for Pierre Spengler and Ilya Salkind are seen against the backdrop of a starfield on a television screen 1 hour 3 minutes into the film.
Defender (1980) (Video Game)
Game appears in this film
Turbo (1981) (Video Game)
Game appears in this film
Robotron: 2084 (1982) (Video Game)
Game appears in this film.
Q*bert (1982) (Video Game)
Game appears in this film

Featured in 

Broken Rainbow (1985)
uses footage to show the land and sky of Dineh country
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Bedazzled (2000)
Pink Floyd The Wall Redux (2002)
Several clips of moving images from this film are shown.
Essence of Life (2002) (Video)
Clips shown throughout.
Scrubs: My New God (2006) (TV Episode)
while Janitor is giving J.D. the evil eye
Scrubs: My Chopped Liver (2006) (TV Episode)
while Janitor and others are giving J.D. the evil eye
Wanderlust (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips of cars moving at night are shown from this film.
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2007)
Clips shown and discussed.
127 Hours (2010)
The cave paintings in Utah's Great Gallery which appear in the opening credit sequence, and are seen later when Aron Ralston walks past them, are the same paintings which feature in the opening and closing shots of Koyaanisqatsi.
These Amazing Shadows (2011)
Clips from this film are shown in These Amazing Shadows.
Underground: The Julian Assange Story (2012)
Clip and poster at cinema.
November 22, 1963 (2013) (Video)
Philip Glass themes were used in this film.
Docventures: Ihmiskunta (2013) (TV Episode)
The evening's film
Hagan Reviews: Koyaanisqatsi (2014) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed

Spoofed in 

True Stories (1986)
The Simpsons: Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder (1999) (TV Episode)
When Homer stays in bed sleeping after the alarm clock has rung, with time-lapse photography, the clouds running and a little sample of Glass's theme "The Grid"
Bedazzled (2000)
The Simpsons: Stealing First Base (2010) (TV Episode)
Homer and Bart watch a movie called "Koyaanis-Scratchy: Death Out of Balance".
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
One of Earl and Greg's movies ("Pittsburghasqatsi")

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