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Naqoyqatsi -- A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by gobalized technology and violence.
Naqoyqatsi -- The concluding film of the Qatsi Trilogy preceded by critically acclaimed Koyaanisqatsi , and Powaqqatsi. Mesmerizing images reanimated from everyday reality, then visually altered with state-of-the-art digital techniques.

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Director:
Writer:
Godfrey Reggio (written by)
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Release Date:
21 January 2003 (Czech Republic) See more »
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Test-drive the future See more »
Plot:
A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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a cinematic tone poem See more (62 total) »

Cast

 

Marlon Brando ... Himself (archive footage)
Bella Donna ... (archive footage)

Elton John ... Himself (archive footage)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Herself (archive footage)

Madonna ... Herself (archive footage)

Bhagwan Mirchandani ... Business Man

Jack Shamblin ... Atomic Adam

Steven Soderbergh ... Man reflected in digital screens (3rd segment)
Troy Aikman ... Himself (at Super Bowl XXX) (archive footage) (uncredited)

The Beatles ... Themselves (archive footage) (uncredited)

Osama bin Laden ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Fidel Castro ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Warren Christopher ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

The Dalai Lama ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Thomas A. Edison ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Albert Einstein ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nikita Khrushchev ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Henry Kissinger ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

V.I. Lenin ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Greg Louganis ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jeff Maksym ... Himself (uncredited)
Zedong Mao ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Pope John Paul II ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself - Assassination Attempt (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jimmy Swaggart ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Godfrey Reggio 
 
Writing credits
Godfrey Reggio (written by)

Produced by
Joe Beirne .... producer
Lauren Feeney .... assistant producer
Steve Goldin .... associate producer
Mel Lawrence .... co-producer
Federico Negri .... line producer
Godfrey Reggio .... producer
Steven Soderbergh .... executive producer
Lawrence Taub .... producer
 
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
 
Cinematography by
Russell Lee Fine 
 
Film Editing by
Jon Kane 
 
Makeup Department
Sanja Milic .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Michele Barrett .... production manager: Detroit
Susan Lazarus .... post-production supervisor
Sophia Lin .... production manager: New York City
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jon Kane .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Jon Kane .... visual designer
 
Sound Department
Steve Boeddeker .... sound designer
Martin Czembor .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Griffin .... sound apprentice (as Matt Griffin)
Noah Katz .... assistant sound designer
Avi Laniado .... engineering support
Mario McNulty .... assistant sound engineer
Nathaniel Reichman .... sound services
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
 
Visual Effects by
Manuel Gaulot .... visual effects and image reanimation
Lucien Harriot .... digital effects artist
Cameron Hickey .... original CGI animator
Zachary David Medow .... original CGI animator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bailey .... camera operator: guest camera
Christopher Bottoms .... assistant camera
John Clemens .... first assistant camera: New York City
Michael J. Conner .... chief electrician: Detroit
Jesse Cory .... grip
Timothy Housel .... additional camera operator
Rob Salviotti .... Steadicam assistant
 
Editorial Department
David Abelson .... assistant film editor
Don Ciana .... color timer
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist
Karla P. Henwood .... conforming editor
Karla P. Henwood .... first assistant editor
Bill Morrison .... additional editor
Stan Sztaba .... negative cutter
Harold Lee Yen .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Albert de Ruiter .... musician: bass vocalist
Jack Kripl .... musician: flute
Yo-Yo Ma .... musician: cello solos
Kurt Munkacsi .... music producer
Nathaniel Reichman .... assistant music studio director
Michael Riesman .... conductor
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jeffrey A. Brown .... assistant production coordinator: New York City
Ty Burr .... project realization
Boris Cifuentes .... production assistant
Ray Hemenez .... image research director
Miroslav Janek .... continuity
Ekkehart Malotki .... consultant: Hopi language
Sam Taub .... production assistant
Christian Zak .... technical director
 
Thanks
George Lucas .... continuing thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Naqoyqatsi: Life as War" - USA (poster title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for violent and disturbing images, and for brief nudity
Runtime:
89 min
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Trivia:
The word "Naqoyqatsi" is a noun from the Hopi language literally meaning "each other-kill many-life", as stated in the film's end roll.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited from Anima Mundi (1992)See more »

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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
a cinematic tone poem, 15 November 2003
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

In the hustle and bustle of a chaotic world, we often don't take the time to stop and really look at all the beautiful things that tend to pass us by unnoticed. It is Godfrey Reggio's aim in `Naqoyqatsi' – as it was in his previous `Koyaanisqatsi' and `Powaqqatsi' - to focus our attention on all the artistry inherent in the shapes, forms and patterns that make up our universe. His film is a succession of images, some of them derived from nature (clouds, ocean waves), others from Man (buildings and bridges), and others from computer-generated fantasy. These he filters through his observant camera eye, state-of-the-art processing and ingenious editing to create a cinematic tone poem. The element that most separates `Naqoyqatsi' from Reggio's earlier works is the much heavier reliance on camera trickery and CGI effects here. For the most part, Reggio has moved away from nature as his subject and towards the cyber realities of the current age. Thus, the altered emphasis in form seems not merely appropriate but thematically valid as well, as Reggio examines a world in which nature has been largely eclipsed by computer technology.

At the end of the film we are told that `Naqoyqatsi' is a Hopi word meaning, essentially, `war' and `violence.' I'm not sure, though, that Reggio has really earned that title with his film. True, he does include a few shots of mushroom clouds, of street riots, of violent video games, but they hardly account for the majority of the images we see. Perhaps it is the clash between nature and technology that he is referring to here, but the title – at least as defined at the end - still seems to fall a bit short of the mark.

Still, Reggio is often able to find poetry in even the most disturbing of images. For instance, there's an amazing shot of a trio of crash test dummies performing a macabre, yet strangely beautiful slow motion `dance' in a simulated airplane crash. It is but one of the many unforgettable images in the film.

Enhanced by the haunting music of Philip Glass, `Naqoyqatsi' offers a dazzling kaleidoscopic view of the world, a visual tour de force for the aesthetically inclined.

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