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Powaqqatsi (1988)

An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

Director:

Godfrey Reggio
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Christie Brinkley ... (archive footage)
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Pope John Paul II ... (archive footage)
Dan Rather ... (archive footage)
Cheryl Tiegs ... (archive footage)
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An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

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Taglines:

Life in Transformation

Genres:

Documentary | Music

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G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

Hopi | English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 September 1988 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Northsouth: Life on the Edge See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$589,244
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The shot of the truck driving past the Indian boy as he walks along the road is the only staged shot in the film. See more »

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3rd World Images, Circa 1988
20 June 2015 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

Well, when it came to Powaqqatsi's camera-work, I certainly had nothing to really complain about in regards to that. Overall, it was quite excellent and impressive to behold.

But, with that said, I honestly have to admit that viewing recurring images of 3rd World poverty and population overload (set at a gruellingly slow pace) did, indeed, become quite tiresome to sit through, in the long run.

In fact, I ended up watching most of Powaqqatsi in fast-forward mode - 'Cause I knew that I just couldn't have endured viewing it, from start to finish, at its full 99-minute running time. No way.

Powaqqatsi was directed by Godfrey Reggio. Its budget was $2.5 million.


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