This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
A world beyond words.
This is a paralyzingly beautiful documentary with a global vision: an odyssey through landscape and time, that is an attempt to capture the essence of life.
Occasionally, I just want to sit down and watch a film, any film, as long as it fits into a specific genre. I might say "I'm in the mood for a comedy" or "I could go for a kick ass Sci Fi right now", and then I walk over to the wall o' film and find exactly what I am looking for to whet my appetite. As the clock struck midnight and a new day began, I realized what I was looking for at the moment. I didn't want to laugh, I didn't want to solve a puzzle, hell, I didn't even want to try to follow a plot.
I just wanted to see something beautiful.
My second viewing of…
Like a love child of Terrence Malick and The Discovery Channel, BARAKA is a meditative look at some of the people, places, and cultures from around our unique world.
It also happens to boast some of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring picture quality to ever grace the blu-ray format.
The other day I read a particularly glowing review of Linklater's Boyhood in which the reviewer said it was 'one of the fullest encapsulations of life ever committed to film'. Obviously, this was the opinion of a Caucasian male American.
Ron Fricke's Baraka sweeps across millions of miles to ever nook and cranny of our planet earth to sniffle out the life we arent always aware of. It is positively bursting with life in all its forms. So in a way I feel Baraka is even more perfectly fitted to this title of fully encapsulating life on earth. Granted Linklater's latest effort has not yet been released in my neck of the woods so I cant really be a judge…
Not necessarily so different from his more recent Samsara but equally as effective, Ron Fricke holds up a mirror to reflect back a meditative view on the world around us. Its non-judgemental approach allows you to pick and choose the elements that mean something to you, morphing everyday practices into a eye-opening moment.
There is a sense of narrative to the construction of the images, rather than complete randomness. The underlying theme appears to be our connection with nature and vice-versa, a spiritual essence that Fricke is attempting to capture. Like some sort of visual poem we are guided through cathedrals and temples, hidden tribes and busy metro systems.
It allows us to take a step back from the day-to-day…
A classic anthropologist’s wet dream caught on tape, in very high definition. Baraka is just over ninety minutes of stunning photography, capturing Earth’s extremes in terms of nature, but more prominently in terms of cultural diversity. For a movie disembarking from that premise, it is a bit awkward to see North America relatively underrepresented and Europe basically absent (I think I counted one short shot in a French cathedral, but that is about it). Director-writer-editor-cinematographer Ron Fricke is clearly more concerned with trying to achieve a profound exhibition of cultural exceptionalism, in which the extraordinary and the peculiar are (wrongly) displayed so as to speak for a truer, but less spectacular, national image. This National Geographic account of countries is…
What the fuck is this bullshit? Biggest example of style over substance. Was my dialogue audio channel broken? Cuz this shit had no story, yo. I thought it was the retrospective of the world from some monkey.
A visual delight, beautifully shot, amazing soundtrack.
such a beautiful adventure mixed with different cultures and amazing landscapes .
Melancholic malickian meditation.Have we evolved and who's the happiest? Thought-provoking.
1996 Movielog #66
Incredible documentary showcasing locations around the globe, beautifully photographed and presented against an impressive soundtrack. Bare of dialogue, the visuals alone tell the story of humanity in its many forms and our connection to the planet. The chosen locations are stunning, with so many individual shots telling stories of their own.
Watch it for the visual.. don't expect anything more..
Baraka is one of the most astonishing films I have ever seen. It is not a traditional movie. There is no story, no plot, no characters, no dialogue or narration. It is just scene after scene of the marvelous and the mundane shown in glorious resolution and set to music. I spent the majority of the 96 minute running time audibly gasping at the visual feast.
There seem to be three main categories of scenes presented in the film. The first is of spectacular scenes of nature. There are scenes form the Grand Canyon, volcanoes, and magnificent waterfalls. The second category focuses on religious rites and tribal customs. There are scenes of whirling dervishes, Buddhist monks, orthodox Christian ceremonies, and…
... 'cause Ron Fricke is a cinematographer's wet dream!
National Geographic the Movie would be a great alternative title for this modern piece of brave filmmaking. It follows much of the same ideas of Fricke's later film Samsara, showing the different ways of life on our planet and how they are more like one another than many people often may think. There's a lot of power in the images, not only because of the way they are shot or how they are edited, but mainly because they look so natural and believable. A (slight) problem I had with Samsara was that it looked to polished from time to time. It looked, at some times, like it was made just for…
Baraka is gorgeous.
It's hard to say much else, as the appeal of the film revolves around Ron Fricke's ability to capture the essence of human culture as well as the full extent of Earth's natural processes. Prayer and rituals, isolation and congestion, weaponry and genocide, all a web of cycles and patterns set upon a planet of similarly intricate mechanisms.
The film is beautiful, but it clearly owes a great debt to Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi and to a lesser extent, Powaqqatsi (Fricke was DP on the former). Certain sequences are almost directly lifted from Reggio's film. The result is something that doesn't feel quite as redundant as I feared, but the film isn't as thesis-driven or purposeful in the…
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