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Koyaanisqatsi ()


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A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

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Directed by

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Godfrey Reggio

Written by

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Ron Fricke ... ()
 
Michael Hoenig ... ()
 
Godfrey Reggio ... ()
 
Alton Walpole ... ()

Produced by

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Francis Ford Coppola ... executive producer
Mel Lawrence ... associate producer
Roger McNew ... associate producer
T. Michael Powers ... associate producer
Godfrey Reggio ... producer
Lawrence Taub ... associate producer (as Lawrence S. Taub)
Alton Walpole ... associate producer

Music by

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Philip Glass

Cinematography by

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Ron Fricke

Film Editing by

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Ron Fricke
Alton Walpole

Editorial Department

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Cheryl Bloch ... second assistant editor
Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Tim Fennell ... second assistant editor
Bob Hagans ... color timer
Robert Hill ... assistant editor
Dennis Jakob ... consultant: editing
Tove Johnson ... assistant editor
Susan Marcinkus ... assistant editor
Ian Masters ... post-production consultant
Anne Miller ... associate editor
Matvey Shatz ... color timer

Sound Department

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David Brownlow ... sound effects recording
Doc Goldstein ... audio technical assistant
David W. Gray ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
David B. Hancock ... organ location recording
Joe Lopes ... recording engineer: RCA Studios
Dominick Maita ... recording engineer: RPM Studios
Steve Maslow ... re-recording mixer (as Steve Maslow C.A.S.)
Tom Meloney ... dubbing machine recordist
David Rivas ... effects editor / sound effects recording
Thomas Scott ... sound consultant (as Tom Scott)
Michael Stocker ... audio & electronic engineering / sound effects recording
Randy Thom ... sound effects recording

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Thomas Edmon ... optical consultant
Jane Gudwin ... optical consultant
Wayne V. McGee ... optical consultant

Camera and Electrical Department

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Dean Alatzas ... grip
Neil Bockman ... assistant camera
David Brownlow ... assistant camera
Christine Gibson ... associate cinematographer
Phillip Harrington ... still photographer: microchip
Hillary Harris ... additional cinematographer
Roy Hememnez ... grip
Robert Hill ... assistant camera
Karl Kernberger ... still photographer: rock painting
Reinhard Lichter ... special camera modification
Wayne V. McGee ... still photographer: animation
Roger McNew ... assistant camera
Mark Muich ... grip
Robert Palmer ... grip
Louie Schwartzberg ... additional cinematographer (as Louis Schwartzberg)
Bruce Hill ... ultra high speed photography (uncredited)

Location Management

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Neil Bockman ... location access
Ronald B. Gold ... location access

Music Department

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Walter Bachauer ... music consultant
Seymour Barab ... musician: cello (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
John Beal ... musician: bass (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Jean Dane ... musician: cello (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Allan Dean ... musician: french horn (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Walter Deck ... musician: tuba (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
George Flynn ... musician: trombone (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Jon Gibson ... musician: saxophone (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Peter Gordon ... musician: french horn (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Mark Gould ... musician: trumpet (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Nancy Hennings ... musician: Tibetan bells
Lowell Hershey ... musician: trumpet (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Michael Hoenig ... composer: additional music / musical director
Theodore Israel ... musician: viola (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Jill Jaffe ... musician: viola (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Jack Kripl ... musician: saxophone, flute and clarinet (as The Philip Glass Ensemble) / musicians' contractor
Beverley Lauridsen ... musician: cello (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Charles Lewis ... musician: trumpet (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Marcia Mikulak ... music consultant
Bob Mintzer ... musician: saxophone and bass clarinet (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Sharon Moe ... musician: french horn (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Kermit Moore ... musician: cello (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Kurt Munkacsi ... music producer: Philip Glass music
Tom Nyfenger ... musician: piccolo and flute (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Keith O'Quinn ... musician: bass trombone (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Richard Peck ... musician: saxophone (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Philip Glass Ensemble ... music performed by
Samuel Pilafian ... musician: viola (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Susan Pray ... musician: viola (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
James Pugh ... musician: tuba (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Albert Richmond ... musician: trombone (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Michael Riesman ... conductor: Philip Glass music / musician: keyboards (as The Philip Glass Ensemble) / musician: solo organ
Russell Rizner ... musician: french horn (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Bob Smith ... musician: trombone (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Lew Soloff ... musician: trumpet (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Brooks Tillotson ... musician: french horn (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
Henry Wolff ... musician: Tibetan bells
Frederic Zlotkin ... musician: bass (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)

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Bruce Adams ... pilot: aerial cinematography
Paul Alexander ... special assistant: Philip Glass
Walter Bachauer ... script editor
Larry Browne ... production assistant
Cybele Carpenter ... special consultant to director
Russ Deal ... explosive engineer
Elizabeth Emerson ... pilot: aerial cinematography
Ronald P. Gold ... distribution researcher
Steve Goldin ... coordinator: IRE
Sally Jackson ... production assistant
John Kimmey ... consultant: Hopi prophecy
Dennis Kootshongsie ... consultant: Hopi prophecy
James Kootshongsie ... consultant: Hopi prophecy
Jeffrey Lew ... special consultant to director
Michael Lowatewama ... consultant: Hopi prophecy / linguistic research on title
Ekkehart Malotki ... consultant: Hopi prophecy (as Dr. Ekkehart Malotki) / linguistic research on title (as Dr. Ekkehart Malotki)
Paul Pascarella ... title designer
Barbara Pecarich ... production assistant / special consultant to director
T.A. Price ... special consultant to director
Godfrey Reggio ... concept
Donald C. Rogers ... technical director: Goldwyn Sound Facility
Bradford Smith ... creative consultant
Thomas F. Tarbet ... consultant: Hopi prophecy
Dan Williams ... pilot: aerial cinematography
Langdon Winner ... special consultant to director

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Bruce Conner ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

This experimental film looks at the world and more specifically the effect man has had on the landscape and the environment. Without narration, the film shows the world in a pristine condition and untouched: blue skies, beautiful landscapes and endless vistas. The man-made world is much less appealing. Essentially a montage using a variety of film techniques to provide a visually stunning montage of images. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines October 4, 1982. More than 5,000 people filled the sold out Radio City Music Hall to experience a remarkable film event. That event was the world premiere of KOYAANISQATSI. Now everyone can share the power of that experience. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance (United States)
  • Koyaanisqatsi, to taxidi ton eikonon (Greece)
  • Gyvenimas be pusiausvyros (Lithuania)
  • Koyaanisqatsi - En verden ude af balance (Denmark)
  • Koyaanisqatsi - Uma Vida Fora de Equilíbrio (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 86 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia It took almost 6 years to make the film. See more »
Goofs About an hour into the movie, the camera operator is reflected in the elevator's glass window as the elevator passes "between" floors while shooting the escalators. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Day of the Dove (1968). See more »
Quotes [last lines]
title card: Translation of the Hopi Prophecies sung in the film: "If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster." - "Near the Day of Purification, there will be cobwebs spun back and forth in the sky." - "A container of ashes might one day be thrown from the sky, which could burn the land and boil the oceans."
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