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A space fantasy about an explorer who pays a visit to an unusual cathedral built with organic materials.

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Is religion the opiate of the people, or something darker? A pilgrim happens on an unfinished cathedral, with Gothic vaults and Gaudiesque echoes, poised on the edge of a cliff. As he walks through, statuary appears, and these figures hold the key to the essence of religion. Do insight and discovery await the pilgrim? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Most takes show the system to consist of three bodies: the planet with the cathedral, the white sun, and the big object that eclipses the sun. The reappearance of light in the cathedral comes from the movement of the big object, and the sun remains stationary relative to the cathedral throughout the movie. Still, in two takes shadows of the cathedral columns/and or rays of lights appear to move relative to the cathedral, as if the sun moved very quickly relative to the cathedral. See more »

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Visually a treat, extraordinary CGI!
29 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

While having just the barest of a discernable storyline and no plot to speak of (at least not one that I could find), this matters not a whit in my eyes. This is a treat for the eyes, first and foremost, an absolutely breathtaking piece of work. This blows the "crowd" scenes in Gladiator away, though that is admittedly not a difficult feat to manage. I suspect that Gladiator had a larger budget for SFX alone than was spent on Katedra in its entirety and the lead in Katedra is likely more amiable and personable (if just as laconic) than the chap in Gladiator. Quite impressive, even if work done three or four years from now makes this look like a Model T compared to a Rolls. Nominated for an Academy Award and deservingly so. Most highly recommended.


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