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…
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…
Feels a tad like what Terrence Malick would submit if a junior high teacher demanded a "What You Did Over Summer" report with zero dialogue, but hey that's not a bad thing.
Upon seeing COMEDY WARRIORS and rewatching SAMSARA, I must stop underestimating the more-than-one-note brilliance of Bobby Henline.
A visually stunning and deep companion piece to the 1992 epic, Baraka. Watch these two back-to-back and brace yourself for beauty.
My final grade: A+
Baraka was rather tamed compared to this.
This extraordinary beautifully shot documentary explores themes from religion, to gun control, our over sexualised culture, modern technology, ecology, and the way we treat our environment, and many more.
I love, love those slow motion time laps jib shots, and some of the panorama's, I did get a little bored in the 2nd act, because it was basically a rehash of things touched in in Baraka.
But explored more graphically and in more depth.
The music added a reflective, tranquil, moodscape to the film that made for a really chilaxed atmosphere this Saturday Night.
If you like photography, and ambiance then this sort of feature is for you.
very beautiful and captivating
Visually stunning documentary about a variety of mixed lives, cultures, and locations on planet Earth.
A stunning collage of footage around the world concerning several themes such as urban development, life and death, religious grandeur, and natural progress. Despite some disturbing sequences, this artistic marathon of beautiful photography is a must-see for every human.
This documentary, which uses imagery and music to try and tell the story of humankind at this particular moment in time, is often a wonder to behold. Some of the shots are strikingly beautiful, some are awe-inspiring in their scale, and some are fascinating for shining a light on an aspect of our world that I was unaware of. I must admit, though, that all together I found myself only engaged intellectually, never emotionally. It was interesting, and often beautiful to look at, but for me that's all it was.
- The Tree of Life
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- To the Wonder
- The Double Life of Veronique
- Days of Heaven
- Io Island
''A collection of films that paint with light, colors, and camera movement. No order. Some of these films may…
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Every documentary I have seen (or at least can recall seeing) ranked. This list will constantly be updated and rearranged