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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 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…
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.
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…
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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…
Not the revelatory, moving experience I was expecting it to be but it's undeniably gorgeous to watch. It doesn't pull punches, showing the results of humanity at its best and worst.
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The most beautiful piece of art these eyes has ever laid eyes on. An experience beyond any other movie. A pioneer in visual filmmaking. It is classified as a documentary, and while it is true, this movie is also something completely on it's own. And I've never really watched anything like it. This is not for your average moviegover, but if you want to know what the most beautiful looking movie ever made is, then you should most definetely watch this one.
Along with Koyaanisqatsi and Baraka, one of the most powerful films I've seen. Not quite as great as those two, but still a wonderful eye opener to the world we live in and some of the cultures that inhabit this planet.
There is no doubt that many of these images are incredibly beautiful but also there were definitely portions of it that made me feel like I was seeing a very nice looking... screensaver? Which is nice but kind-of something I see as a background thing more than a movie. Obviously many nice images though.
Mesmerizing. A bit too long, but mesmerizing.
I absolutely love this film. I didn't go into it expecting a run-of-the-mill documentary and wanted to keep an open mind and accept it for whatever it was, and it. was. gorgeous. The complete lack of narrative adds on to the incredible cinematic experience, and the music is paired extremely well.
Don't watch this movie expecting it to be thrilling or exciting or informative in any sense of the traditional ways -- just sit back and take it in and just... exist in the moments that it takes you through.
*a non-verbal meditation on the rhythms of nature, the patterns of the world around us, and the human experience as a whole. the cinematography is breathtakingly gorgeous, capturing ways of life - both industrial and environmental - in beautiful and captivating ways through a mixture of slow pans/tilts, flyovers, and time lapses.
Fricke, DP for the cult film Koyaanisqatsi projects the world around us, and documents pretty much every cultural demographic and subset of race, religion, & economic difference, in 70mm capturing every detail in the vast landscapes ranging from the poorest of slums, to the wealthiest of condos.
while the images of nature evoke beauty and man's insignificance to nature's way of life, its repetition of time lapse, flyovers,…
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