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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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Test-drive 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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Production Co:

Miramax,Qatsi Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

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 (1992) See more »

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dreadful
13 November 2002 | by gafranzSee all my reviews

The director Godfrey Reggio must be a very charming and persuasive man for this dreadfully botched project to have seen the light of day. Reggio's message, so powerful and resonant in his previous two Qatsi films, is hopelessly jumbled here. Athletes, equations, oceans, keypads, laughing heads, etc, mingle without purpose. The parade of banal imagery is mostly generic stock from Getty Images et al, and the heavy-handed digital manipulations are amateurish in the worst way imaginable. Surely someone involved (Steven Soderbergh, executive producer?) could have pointed out that applying a solarizing filter to nearly every frame was a VERY BAD idea? The crude looping, layering, and distorting of images recalls a freshman Photoshop class. And to make matters worse, the computer animation sequences are more artless than a 1980's Wall Street pie-chart. This is not to say that improved aesthetics alone would have salvaged this film, but some meager effort in this direction may have made it tolerable as visual fodder for the accompanying music. I feel compelled to point out that the score by Philip Glass will certainly satisfy his fans. Not a radical departure, but rather a refinement of what Glass does best with lovely violin contributions by Yo Yo Ma. If you decide to see this film be certain to focus your attention on the brief opening sequence. While you may already be familiar with Detroit's once majestic but long abandoned Michigan Central Railroad Station 89 minutes later you will find yourself remembering this image of 20th century decay as the critical point when you should have headed for the EXIT sign/hit the STOP button, etc. You've been warned.


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