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Naqoyqatsi -- Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (Best Director, TRAFFIC, 2000) present NAQOYQATSI (Life As War), from filmmaker Godfrey Reggio, in collaboration with composer Phillip Glass, whose original score features renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
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Naqoyqatsi -- A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by gobalized technology and violence.

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Godfrey Reggio (written by)
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Release Date:
21 January 2003 (Czech Republic) See more »
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A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 

Marlon Brando ... Himself (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

Michelle A. Sinclair ... Herself (as Belladonna)

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 (as Steven Boeddeker)
Martin Czembor .... re-recording mixer: Sound One
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 Medow .... original CGI animator (as Zachary David Medow)
 
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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  • Skywalker Sound  Sound editorial services provided by (as SKYWALKER SOUND, a division of Lucas Digital Ltd. Marin County, California)
  • Sound One Corporation  Sound Mixed at (as SOUND ONE Corp., New York)

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
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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 »
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15 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Spectacularly disappointing, 7 March 2005
Author: jshartwell from Chelmsford, England

Having enjoyed Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqatsi I was looking forward to this third part of the Qatsi trilogy and seeing what direction it had taken. Rarely has a film so spectacularly failed to live up to its predecessors and lost its way. Although it tries to represent "civilised warfare" in the form of sport, science, trade and other forms of competition, it lacks the global scope and even the coherently developed themes of its predecessors. War is chaos, but even wars have an aim in mind and this film had little structure and unclear goals.

Naqoyqatsi is flawed by being a chaotic melange of images that does little to develop its theme. On the plus side, it wisely avoided using some of the iconic images of last century's wars.

Naqoyqatsi is also so insular that several times I had to remind myself that I was not watching an advertisement promoting the American way of life. Perhaps this insularity reflects the ongoing "War on Terror". When representing "sport as war" the prominent team logos ensured that the USA was depicted as the winner. Hence it missed the opportunity to depict some of the many sports around the world and showing that humanity is united in its use of sport as a form of civilised warfare.

Apart from newsreel, the footage seemed to have been shot on a budget in the confines of New York and there was little recognition of "life as war" in the rest of the world. The gallery of faces (waxworks) gave only a nod to the existence of important personages outside of the USA. The makers missed the point that globalisation does not mean Americanisation.

The Philip Glass soundtrack sounded much like every other Philip Glass score I've heard (with the possible exception of Koyaanisqatsi) and at best can be described as "inoffensive" neither adding to, nor detracting from, the chaotic imagery.

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