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Baraka (1992) Poster

(1992)

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Was filmed by a five person crew over a period of 14 months in 24 countries across 6 continents.
Baraka is an ancient Sufi word, which can be translated "as a blessing, or the breath, or the essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds."
Baraka was the first film in over twenty years to be photographed in the 70mm Todd-AO format, an extremely high definition wide-screen film format developed in the mid 1950s. The previous film filmed in this particular format was The Last Valley (1971).
In the Indonesian cigarette factory the crew made a fuss in the first hour, according to the director all the woman tried to touch their skins or clothes since it was the first time they saw a Caucasian person.
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.
Director Ron Fricke invented a special time lapse camera just to make this film as he found the IMAX cameras too cumbersome.
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The eclipse shoot almost didn't made in to the final work. The crew went to Hawai and had their spot on a hotel rooftop, but almost an hour before the eclipse clouds moved in and immediately the sun disappeared. Everyone in the hotel tried to find a better location and only the film crew stayed after a huge discussion. Minutes from the eclipse the sky cleared for shooting and the final result is in the film.
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The first 8k resolution video made from a 65mm master. Only one scanner in the world at the time was capable of capturing it.
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