A look at the people who live precariously, but with an unusual level of resourcefulness and imagination, in four gigantic urban agglomerations: Mumbai, New York City, Moscow and Mexico City.



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Prélude of 'Drei Duetten'
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performed by Klangforum Wien: Anette Bik, Gunde Jäch-Micko, Florian Müller
Recorded on 30. 5. 1998 in the Wiener Konzerthaus
Courtesy of Universial Edition A.G.
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Magacities, Michael Glawogger, Best Documentary
6 January 2009 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

From my point of view Michael Glawogger is one of the biggest documentary maker of the last years. He approach people all over the world with respect and similitude of conditions. He does not make a show of reality, he is in love with reality and this love he shares with us. His documentary is an enormous project, but even the magnitude of the project, Glawogger is not pretentious at all. He does not put him self in the film as the documentaries "reality show" fashion, where the hero "documentary maker" put his live on risk or do weird stuff with his body, to see the underground of prostitution in Thailand etc. You can see that he develop a friendship and understanding for humanity without manipulation. From my point of view Megacities is not only a documentary but also a piece o art. And a completely different style of Philip Glass

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