Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance- July 9th

Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance (1982)
Hopi- Tone Poem?
Not Rated
Runtime- 86 min.
dir. Godfrey Reggio 

Okay, so I knew this movie was going to be kind of weird, but I probably should have read the description a little bit closer.  Apparently, it’s a tone poem chronicling man and his conflict with his natural surroundings.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

I kinda just talked about it just now.  There isn’t much past that.                                                    Acting: 0/0

I would feel bad judging a film like this for dialogue.  There is only one spoken word, the film’s title, and it only comes up at the beginning and end of the movie.

Photography/Set: 2/2

I couldn’t help thinking while I was watching, “If you could chop up and disassemble this movie, you would end up with some of the most beautiful stock footage ever put to film.”

Sound/FX: 2/2

With Philip Glass composing the soundtrack, very little can go wrong.  This is especially true when the sync between the sound and film is perfect.

Misc: 1.5/2

A really slow start is fitting in the overall concept, but difficult to get through.

VERDICT: 7.5/8 (adjusted 9.4/10)

I personally can’t wait to see the rest of the trilogy.  A must for anybody studying photography, either at a film or still photography level.


About svolkmer

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