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Baraka (1992)

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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

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Without words, cameras show us the world, with an emphasis not on "where," but on "what's there." It begins with morning, natural landscapes and people at prayer: volcanoes, water falls, veldts, and forests; several hundred monks do a monkey chant. Indigenous peoples apply body paint; whole villages dance. The film moves to destruction of nature via logging, blasting, and strip mining. Images of poverty, rapid urban life, and factories give way to war, concentration camps, and mass graves. Ancient ruins come into view, and then a sacred river where pilgrims bathe and funeral pyres burn. Prayer and nature return. A monk rings a huge bell; stars wheel across the sky. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A world beyond words.

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November 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baraka - Eine Welt jenseits der Worte  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,300,000 (USA)
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The shot with the monk at the streets of Tokyo was unplanned. The crew went to a factory for filming but after many hours of searching ideas, they disbanded the place, finding it unsuitable for filming. Getting back to the hotel Mark Magidson saw the monk walking and stopped the cars and asked Ron Fricke to film him. After many minutes of footages at the end the crew gave the monk some money and left. The monk never stopped his prayer and never looked into the camera. See more »

Goofs

In the closing credits where filming locations are listed by country, Vatican City is listed as a location in Italy when technically it is a country in its own right. Although Vatican City is physically totally contained within Italy, it is an independent nation. See more »

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Referenced in Winged Migration (2001) See more »

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Magnificent
26 April 2000 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

Simply one of the most beautiful films you will ever see. If it's near you on the big screen, you must not miss it. Otherwise, pour a glass of wine, sit closer to the TV than your Mom would prefer, and drop in. Welcome to the world as it is in real, bigger-than-life images of humanity, and all the colors of the spectrum. It moves a bit slowly, but you'll want for more.


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