Directed by Godfrey Reggio
I didn't plan on watching any more 1001 movies yesterday, but my parents invited me to watch a film with them last night. I discovered this was on Amazon Instant and put it on without knowing anything about it. It quickly became clear that the film had no plot and no dialogue and that I had just committed the three of us into watching a ninety minute experimental film. It was the ultimate betrayal.
"Koyaanisqatsi" is a Hopi Indian term meaning "life out of balance." It consisted of images of nature then sped up images of mankind (which my mom claimed made her nauseated, but she might of just been looking for an excuse to bail). I guess it was supposed to illustrate how humanity is ruining the environment. It almost felt like the filmmakers were trying to brainwash me: scary, loud music played when we saw phone lines, while calm, pleasing music played when we were shown nature scenes.
I suppose parts of this film were beautiful. At times I even thought "now that image would make a great jigsaw puzzle" (such is the old maid mindset). But honestly, I could have gotten the same enjoyment looking at a desktop background.
Pays homage to Tarkovsky.
Took six years to make.