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Naqoyqatsi (2002)

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A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence.

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Godfrey Reggio

Writer:

Godfrey Reggio

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Cast

Credited cast:
Belladonna ... Herself
Marlon Brando ... Himself (archive footage)
Elton John ... Himself (archive footage)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Herself (archive footage)
Madonna ... Herself (archive footage)
Bhagwan Mirchandani ... Business Man
Jack Shamblin ... Atomic Adam
Steven Soderbergh ... Man Reflected in Digital Screens (3rd segment)
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Storyline

In this cinematic concert, mesmerizing images are plucked from everyday reality, then visually altered with state-of-the-art digital techniques. The result is a chronicle of the shift from a world organized by the principles of nature to one dominated by technology, the synthetic and the virtual. Extremes of intimacy and spectacle, tragedy and hope fuse in a tidal wave of visuals and music, giving rise to a unique, artistic experience that reflects the vision of a brave new globalized world. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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America is test-driving the future. See more »

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Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for violent and disturbing images, and for brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2003 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Naqoyqatsi: Life as War See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,154, 20 October 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$133,058

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$155,640
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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

According to the end credits, the title is pronounced nah-koy-kahtsee. See more »

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Studio Feng Shui ... Marti Lovell See more »

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Edited from Anima Mundi (1991) See more »

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A nice surprise
16 July 2004 | by sdbloomSee all my reviews

After reading different comments about this movie, I've decided to see it, and I'm really surprised because what I have found has little to do with what I thought it was.

Naqoyqatsi is about the loss of our natural perception of reality and its substitute: the image itself as a product of technology, the image as a weapon in a globalized war. And here comes the apparent incoherence, because the film is a parade of these images, a product of the same technological violence it is reflecting and criticizing. That's not hypocrisy; the contradiction is part of the film itself.

Although I do not completely support Reggio's point of view, I admire the way he expresses it through his films without impositions of any kind, so that the viewer can find his own perspective. While watching Naqoyqatsi, I was asking for the "original" pictures that were below those distortions and filters, but soon I realized the real world wasn't there. It was like "OK, so that's all... Well, let's see it".

A few words about the inevitable comparison with it's predecessors: if you are looking for something like Koyaanisqatsi, go see Koyaanisqatsi again. Naqoyqatsi is a different film. It does well as the third part of the Qatsi Trilogy, but like the other two, has its own "personality". And I think it's a great film. Maybe not a masterpiece like Koyaanisqatsi, but a great film.


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