In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.
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's all just sand
My 100th review! This is a movie that I was nervous to see, mainly because Baraka was a piece of art that had spoken to me in such a powerful way I didn't want to experience "Baraka light" or a Baraka knockoff. It is sometimes unfair to compare a directors works against each other (especially if you have an emotional connection to something) instead of just taking the work on its own. Listening to a new album or seeing a new movie should valued on its own at first, then maybe compared against other works later.
The message I get from this movie is that life is short, the existence of the world is long, and…
Humans - what a bunch of crazy, genius weirdos.
Oh god, so fucking beautiful. I want every frame of this film on shuffle as my wallpaper till the end of time.
Navegando la humanidad.
Baraka y Samsara son documentales que con esa forma no verbal de explorar al ser humano te dan el micrófono para que vos interpretes significados y reflexiones.
No puedo creer la calidad de la filmación, es avasallante cada imagen, la composición de colores, la música, cómo explora diferentes escenarios.
Me recuerda en cierto modo a The Tree of Life de Malick, y al igual que en esa me perturbó la parte de religión.
الإله،الجمال والإنسان في "عجلة الحياة"،موسيقى وصور فقط،اجمل وثائقي يمكن ان يملأ مجالك البصري
beauty in existence
not as good as Baraka.. still has some stunning moments, same style of music.
some uncomfortable and weird images as well..
couldn't sit through the animal slaughter scenes too easily but still a hypnotising, fantastic accomplishment
On the one hand I can safely say this is one of the most visually stunning and daring documentary films I have ever seen. I takes a lot of balls to be willing to have a film with no spoken words (scripted or unscripted) or even lyrics of songs. The filmmakers instead chose to let their visuals do the talking. Colourful, intetesting and challenging this was a treat for the eyes.
On the other hand the lack of speaking, of any kind did drive me slightly mad in the end. I felt not having even little bit of speaking here or there reduced this to a feeling of just being a documentary with a series of clips. This is a real shame as I know how much love has clearly gone into the film and it really is a visual treat.
In my opinion, of course!
Some of the greatest camerawork of all-time, in my opinion.
''A collection of films that paint with light, colors, and camera movement. No order. Some of these films may…