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Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

 
Edward Burtynsky ... Himself

Directed by
Jennifer Baichwal 
 
Produced by
Jennifer Baichwal .... producer
Shana Collier .... associate producer: Foundry Films
Richard Hughes .... assistant producer
Richard Hughes .... field producer
Daniel Iron .... producer
Lucas Lackner .... associate producer
Nick de Pencier .... producer
Jeff Powis .... associate producer
Paul Scherzer .... line producer
Noah Weinzweig .... line producer: China
 
Original Music by
Dan Driscoll 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Mettler 
 
Film Editing by
Roland Schlimme 
 
Production Management
Noura Kevorkian .... production manager: Los Angeles
Marcus Schubert .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Joseph Doane .... soundtrack
Dan Driscoll .... sound
Steve Hammond .... foley artist
Mandy Ley .... assistant re-recording mixer
Sanjay Mehta .... location sound recordist
Peter Mettler .... sound
David Rose .... sound re-recording mixer
David Rose .... supervising sound editor
Roland Schlimme .... sound
Lou Solakofski .... sound re-recording mixer
Jane Tattersall .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Price .... assistant camera
Noah Weinzweig .... cinematographer: aerial footage
 
Editorial Department
Cort Bremner .... dailies assistant editor
Louis Casado .... film timer
Chanda Chevannes .... post-production coordinator
Ross Cole .... telecine transferer
Joseph Doane .... dailies assistant editor
Ed Ham .... on-line editor
Avril Jacobson .... assistant editor
Colin Moore .... colorist
Brian Reid .... on-line editor
Trevor Risbridger .... on-line editor
 
Other crew
Jeannie Baxter .... general manager: Edward Buetynsky
Malcolm Brown .... title designer
Sarah Christie .... production coordinator
Kerryn Ciracovitch .... daily production coordinator
Stephanie Dudley .... motion designer
Brooke Hanson .... production assistant
Christine Hobson .... office manager: Mercury Films
Ted Hobson .... production assistant
Luo Li .... translator
Karen Machtinger .... arts administrator
Jennifer Maund .... bookkeeper: Mercury Films
Chelsea McMullan .... research assistant
Ryan J. Noth .... production assistant
Stephen Paniccia .... production accountant
Maggie Tang .... production coordinator (as Xiaobin Tang)
Longyu Tong .... translator
Catherine Xiaowen Xu .... translator
Lanny Dong Zhi Ying .... translator
 
Thanks
Sebastian Cluer .... special thanks
 

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86 min | Canada:90 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Manufacturing Discontent?, 21 November 2009
Author: ThurstonHunger from Palo Alto, CA, USA

This felt a little like a companion piece to Wall-E briefly in the beginning; images of overwhelming waste, even nice compacted cubes of it a la that film. Then later it sort of connected for me with a book I recently read called "Lost on Planet China" by J. Maarten Troost, although that book wants to be a comedic monologue more than a travelogue/social commentary.

This film is humorless. Which is fine, but the notion that it is not a polemic, or even the photos alone are not political, is quite unfair, even if I do tend to lean the same way as the filmmaker's viewpoint. I understand that some people feel China is one huge Pittsburgh/Sheffield and that "we" are defiling our Mother Earth. I'm not entirely sure I buy that though.

I'm always a little suspicious of "the old ways are best" thinking. I'm generally pretty happy with increasing life-spans, and I know that change comes with costs. Ideally you minimize the damage, but I wondered how these filmmakers would depict the birth of a child. Notice the woman's body beforehand, but now in manufacturing a child, look at the gross distension of the innards, and once the child is finally delivered, observe the impact on the once-vibrant young couple as they struggle through endless hours of sleeplessness and toil with the mound of waste produced by just one child.

For some reason, I also expected the photography to be more artistic, a la "The War Photographer" (a film that I would recommend if you liked this one, or even if you just finished this one). I liked one of the Chinese people, examining a picture of him and remarking how the scale of the shot was so large that there was no detail. Nothing intimate.

Anyways, an interesting albeit strongly biased view of China...just the number of women workers in different positions was fascinating. Including the "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" with the either attractive or repelling (or both for me?) Diana Lu, extravagant real estate agent, was kind of weird to me. Especially when contrasted with omitting the stonecutter, who was in the deleted scenes, well all choices are loaded.

I'll look for the photography book at the library, some of those shots with a green oval inside a strip mining pit show briefly in the film I wanted to understand more. I assume enhanced via filters/processing. Also the Bangladesh ship graveyard...while maybe meant to be a cautionary scaring about our wasteful ways was nonetheless compelling, like having a ringside seat to the La Brea Tar Pits back when the dinosaurs were laying down for extinction.

The legacy of China's rapid growth will be understood long after I am gone, and I'm not so sure that Eve and Wall-E will be weeping over the Great Wall crumbled down to build our great-great-great automaton grandchildren.

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