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Powaqqatsi (1988)

G  |   |  Documentary, Music  |  26 January 1989 (Argentina)
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An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

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An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

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Life in Transformation

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Northsouth: Life on the Edge  »

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This time, Philip Glass actually accompanied Reggio when he went scouting for locations throughout the Third World. Hence his screen credit as a dramaturgical consultant, ie, he was preparing music for the film while it was being shot, not exclusively afterwards. See more »

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23 March 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Indeed! I do not agree that Powaqqatsi is a cheap imitation or second to Koyaanisqatsi. In fact, when I first viewed it, I was overcome with the feeling that this would be the film I would show to an invading Alien strike-force to convince them that humanity is a truly beautiful thing and must be spared. Philip Glass' soundtrack is again an immaculate one, and the marriage of Reggio/Glass devastatingly effective. There are images and transitions in this film that will stay with me forever. Haunting, beautiful, hypnotic, ecstatic. I challenge anyone claiming dissastisfaction with this film to explain how the "cover" sequence of the boy being devoured by smoke leaves the viewer so ( or the reflection of city lights in the rear window of the moving car, or the grain threshing sequence...). This film is another masterpiece, period.


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