Some of the greatest camerawork of all-time, in my opinion.
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…
I was pretty drunk watching Samsara, so I hardly know what happened. That's the beauty of non-narrative films though; nothing happens, so you can watch it in whatever state of mind. The images weren't as pretty as those in Baraka though. Great film, not excellent, slight disappointment.
Happy new year tho.
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.
Speechless. I'm not usually a fan of non-narrative cinema, but this film is wildly effective as an ode to the cultures of mankind
One of the most beautiful films I've seen.
Whatever message it wants to send, it's muddled and not subtle.
This movie could have been edited a different way and been 5/5.
Humanity is horrifying but also pretty cool.
A visually interesting and hypnotic journey.
I truly didn't know what to expect when I got this.
A friend told me to watch it and said to without preconceptions.
What a treat!
this film really fulfills the term a picture says a thousand words.
You listen to music from Lisa Gerard (dead can dance) and the rest is just being spellbound by beautiful cinematography.
Themes in this film are impermanence, Birth, death and personally watching how humans transform the world with out greed and affluence.
There is strong imagery Showing the beauty of the world and of the human race but subtlety and at times not so subtlety it shows the contrast of what was and what will never be again.
Personally I walked away feeling…
interesting movie. In a parade of images everything about mankind is shown. Most pictures are beautiful. Some are fascinating. And some are disturbing. Landscapes, people, cities and industries are shown. All accompanied by a mesmerizing music. And in the end the questions remain. What did I see?
I think visually and atmospherically it is not possible to create something greater than this masterpiece. Probably it is as everything possible, but it must be damn hard.
This movie takes you places and does thing to you that are I think not possible otherwise. Neither image/view/visual can do it on it's own, neither music can, but this perfect combination of them can
There are probably some people there, like me, who are avoiding this movie like the plague. Who, despite the great reviews, think a movie without narration or plot would be the most annoying thing in the world.
I was one of those and can tell you this much: I decided to take a "quick look" at the movie end two ours flew by without me noticing.
This is amazing and beautiful. I wish it was longer.
Nearly two decades later, Baraka finally gets a follow-up. It doesn't really break any new ground, but it's great to see a more contemporary world. An incredibly colorful look at places around the globe.
"A continuous flow of images of the natural world and the human tide that dominates it."
- Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"Once the meditative flow of phenomenal photography takes hold, the virtuosity of the film emerges."
- Frances Morton, Flicks.co.nz
"Eye candy that will take you to 25 countries without the hassle of airport delays."
- Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
Pretty pictures with little meaning despite how much the film makers try and force some upon them
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