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Rated NR 87 minutes 2014

The primary artists behind Koyaanisqatsi (1983) and its sequels—director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass—reunite for another feature-length montage, this one shot in wide-screen and black-and-white 4K digital video. As in their other collaborations, there's no apparent rhyme or reason to the sequencing of images—which include vertical tracking shots of a skyscraper, close-ups of faces staring transfixed at the camera, and mobile views of the lunar surface—and though Glass's repetitive score induces a trancelike state, it doesn't give the material much shape. Reggio has said this is about human beings' relationship with technology, though I was never clear on what he wanted to communicate about the subject.

Film Credits

Director: Godfrey Reggio

Producer: Phoebe Greenberg, Penny Mancuso, Mara Campione, Jon Kane, Dean Chenoy and Dan Noyes



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