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Naqoyqatsi (2002)

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

Director:

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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Life as War. See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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

Gross USA:

$133,058

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$155,640
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The word "Naqoyqatsi" is a noun from the Hopi language literally meaning "each other-kill many-life", as stated in the film's end roll. See more »

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Studio Feng Shui ... Marti Lovell See more »

Connections

Follows Koyaanisqatsi (1982) See more »

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Disappointing...
7 November 2002 | by dzagarSee all my reviews

Being a big fan of Koyannisqatsi and Philip Glass in general, i was looking forward to this quite a bit. It's unfortunate that this film turned out to be as cliched and flat as the first film was pioneering and bold. Some of the music, especially the first and last pieces, is stunning, and sounds amazing in Dolby Digital. Reggio's images, with some notable exceptions, such as some famous works of art morphing into one another (with a technique far more interesting than the typical morphing), are nothing new, and the usual topics of the hazards of technology and corporate greed feel all too well-worn. Whereas the first film may have inspired a style of tv commercials, Naqoyqatsi just feels like one.


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