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Powaqqatsi (1988) Poster

(1988)

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The shot of the truck driving past the Indian boy as he walks along the road is the only staged shot in the film.
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The opening images are of the Serra Pelada goldmines in Brazil.
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One of the last films to be produced by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus's Cannon group, a film company generally not noted for its highbrow output.
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Godfrey Reggio was uncomfortable using the latest film-making technology considering that his theme was back-to-basics living. However, he countered this by realizing that technology is unavoidably ingrained into our way of life.
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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.
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As this film is more international in flavor than its predecessor, "Koyaanisqatsi", the music by Philip Glass reflects this and draws its themes from other cultures.
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