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Koyaanisqatsi /

by Coppola, Francis Ford [pro]; Reggio, Godfrey [pro]; Fricke, Ron [cng]; Glass, Philip [cmp]; Riesman, Michael [cnd]; Hoenig, Michael [msd]; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Film Co [prn]; Institute for Regional Education (Albuquerque, N.M.) [prn]; MGM Home Entertainment Inc.
Material type: materialTypeLabelVisual materialSeries: MGM DVD: Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, ©2002Description: 1 videodisc (86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.ISBN: 0792853334; 9780792853336; 079285344X; 9780792853442.Language note: In English, with optional French or Spanish subtitles.Other title: Subtitle on container: Life out of balance.Uniform titles: Koyaanisqatsi (Motion picture).Subject(s): Life | Human ecology | Social ecology | Nature -- Effect of human beings on | Technology and civilization | Technology -- Social aspects | Civilization, Modern | Social ecology | Life | Civilization, Modern | Human ecology | Nature -- Effect of human beings on | Technology and civilization | Technology -- Social aspects | Feature films -- United States | DVD-Video discs | Experimental films | Feature films | Nonfiction films | Time-lapse films | Documentary films -- Videorecordings | Experimental films -- Videorecordings | Experimental films | Nonfiction filmsOnline resources: Connect to IMDb information for this film Summary: Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi Indian word meaning variously: crazy life, life in turmoil, life disintegrating, life out of balance (the subtitle for this film), and a state of life that calls for another way of life. This film presents a concert of visual images that progresses from purely natural environments to nature as affected by people, and finally to our contemporary urban environment that is devoid of nature. The film is visual with musical accompaniment and some singing. At the end of the movie, title cards describe a Hopi prophecy.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

An art-house circuit sensation, this feature-length documentary is visually arresting and possesses a clear, pro-environmental political agenda. Without a story, dialogue, or characters, Koyaanisqatsi (1983) (the film's title is a Hopi word roughly translated into English as "life out of balance") is composed of nature imagery, manipulated in slow motion, double exposure or time lapse, juxtaposed with footage of humans' devastating environmental impact on the planet. Starting with an ancient rock wall painting, the film moves through sequences depicting clouds, waves, and other natural features, then into man-made landscapes such as buildings, earth-altering construction machinery, and cars. The message of director Godfrey Reggio is clear: humans are destroying the planet, and all of human progress is pointlessly foolish. Also notable for its intense, atmospheric score by new age composer Philip Glass, Koyaanisqatsi (1983) was a labor of love for Reggio, who spent several years filming it. The film was followed by sequels, Powaqqatsi (1988), Anima Mundi (1991) and Naqoyqatsi (1999). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1983.

Special features: "Essence of life", interview with Reggio & Glass (c2002, 25 min.); theatrical trailer (2 min.).

Director of photography, Ron Fricke ; editors, Alton Walpole, Ron Fricke ; music, Philip Glass ; music conducted by Michael Riesman ; music director & additional music, Michael Hoenig.

Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi Indian word meaning variously: crazy life, life in turmoil, life disintegrating, life out of balance (the subtitle for this film), and a state of life that calls for another way of life. This film presents a concert of visual images that progresses from purely natural environments to nature as affected by people, and finally to our contemporary urban environment that is devoid of nature. The film is visual with musical accompaniment and some singing. At the end of the movie, title cards describe a Hopi prophecy.

Not rated by the MPAA.

Canadian home video rating: G.

DVD; NTSC: region 1; widescreen format (1.85:1); Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.

In English, with optional French or Spanish subtitles.

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