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Samsara is a word that describes the ever turning wheel of life. It is a concept both intimate and vast - the perfect subject for filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, whose previous collaborations include Chronos and Baraka, and who, in the last 20 years, have travelled to over 58 countries together in the pursuit of unique imagery. Samsara takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation that will transform viewers in countries around the world as they are swept along a journey of the soul. Through powerful images pristinely photographed in 70mm and a dynamic music score, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of the nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.
Cool feature-length adaptation of Madonna's "Ray of Light" video [THIS HAS BEEN A JOKE ABOUT TIME-LAPSE PHOTOGRAPHY. THANKS FOR READING.]
While just as visually and technically awe-inspiring as Baraka, Samsara feels much more anthropocentric, which diminishes that feeling of universality contained in its predecessor. Still, for someone who does not usually search out documentaries, Fricke's two masterworks, coupled with the recently watched Bestiaire (thanks for putting it on the radar, Marcissus), have got me craving more non-narrative and lyrical films. I'm looking at you, Qatsi trilogy.
While undeniably beautiful, this film left a bad taste in my mouth. Samsara is a series of images, cut together in fairly rapid succession, taking the viewer on a “global” tour of the “cultures of the world”. Some images are meant to be purely aesthetically beautiful (which they are), some images are meant to be confrontational. But as these are just images, without context, and in the absence of any explicit narrative, the meaning comes from montage, and I did not care for that meaning.
Yes, there is confrontation, but there is also exploitation and exoticization. Unlike (from what I hear) Baraka, Samsara concerns itself mainly with humans. The near absence of white people, except for a few shots from…
Ron Fricke’s first film in twenty years, Samsara, is another bold and dazzling explosion of images from around the world chronicling the progression of life and interconnectedness of the human race. Those familiar with Fricke’s stunning Baraka will know what to expect from his latest non-narrative globetrotting odyssey that took five years to make and explores human life on five continents.
Shot on 70mm film you’ll be hard pressed to find a more visually resplendent cinematic treat for the eyes. It is a constantly shifting kaleidoscope of unforgettable images that threaten to overwhelm the audience in their beauty. The colours are eye-poppingly vibrant, the textures tactile and it contains some truly breathtaking time lapse photography. As a work of visual…
Whoa! What a truly inspirational movie! I was totally blown away!
My boyfriend described it as a "big fuck off PowerPoint" but even he was blown away by it.
I have so many question, I wish there were subtitles for each image so I knew where it was or what was happening. On the other hand, that could ruin the film's beauty.
It really sucks that with all the beauty that is shown in the film, the only thing that I can relate to in Samsara are the moments that take place in Costco, and the moment that takes place in the burger joint.
Samsara falls victim of a lot of the same problems as Baraka, but I would say that its success's are bigger than Baraka. Pretty much every location that was visited in both films is better shot in Samsara. The Mecca sequence in particular stands out as an example of this. It is really unfortunate then that Samsara strays into the heavy handed category near the end of the film. All the gun stuff is eye rolling, as is…
This was cool! Except for the Clay guy. The Clay guy is scary.
A visually stunning film that shows us the beauty of our world against the harsh reality we live in.
This is kind of like KOYAANISQATSI (1982) but without the Philip Glass soundtrack. There is social commentary here...but it's more 'producer/consumer' commentary vs. the destruction of nature in the aforementioned film.
No plot, no dialog, just scene after scene of amazing visuals (filmed all over the world) backed by mellow music.
Beautiful imagery that's more 4K than the curved penis of a Samsung executive, but unfortunately what Samsara does with these images is tell us yet again of how awful us humans are because we've subjugated animals for chow and how wicked our ways are in regards to selling sex and that really if nature took us all in everything would be much better. So yeah, I wouldn't blame you for thinking Godfrey Reggio directed this. Thankfully the message isn't quite everything on the plate here, because the imagery occasionally does tell stories of it's own without making the point across in a patronizing, moralizing tone, as we get wonderful footage of coral reefs and whatnot that first appear to be nature's works of wonder only for the close-ups to reveal human elements all over them. The playful nature that the film employs to explore the relationship between scale and perspective makes it more worthwhile than it would be otherwise.
You ever finish a movie, and long after the credits, all you can think to yourself is just, "woah?"
Easily the most beautiful imagery I’ve ever seen put to film.
Ron Fricke is a master photographer, and his eye for light and shape is uncanny.
With no dialogue, this grand story is told through a lens that sees aspects of our world that most humans will never glimpse. Blending nature and modern mechanics, Samsara examines the spiritual earth and the ways humans have connected with it. How the patterns of the landscape strangely match the patterns of our own creations.
Set on such a large canvass, we as viewers get to ponder our significance on this world, and how we can better appreciate it’s spiritual beauty.
Beautiful film. A must see.
One of the most beautiful movie i have ever seen. This is truly a philosophical experience, guided by a perfect soundtrack.
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.
Some of the greatest camerawork of all-time, in my opinion.