Movies that are slightly off.
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…
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…
It isn't as powerful as Baraka, but its succession of incredibly powerful images and evocative use of its editing make for a startling visual poem.
Threw this in to showcase the new projector for a friend. Accidentally sat through the whole thing. Surprising, as I just watched it ten days ago. Unsurprising, as the entire thing is a transfixing experience. Also, said friend is now considering a projector.
A feast for the eyes, ears, heart, mind and soul.
See Samsara and die
Like Baraka before it (and the Qatsi trilogy before that), Samsara is a mesmerizing, wordless look at humanity, nature, and technology and how they coexist and clash on our planet. It contains some of the most breathtaking and unforgettable imagery you're likely to find anywhere, ranging from intimate close-ups to intricate tracking time lapse to helicopter fly-bys - all shot in gorgeous 70mm.
That this film was made with only four to five people on location is astounding. Traveling to five continents and over 20 countries, with upwards of 70 pieces of luggage to keep in check? The logistics of that are almost as impressive as the end result. The 49-minute making-of is equally compelling as the film. It's fascinating…
The actual definition of "beauty" in all forms. This documentary is also alike Koyanisqaatsi, it criticize our ways of living and it is also very feminist.
It is a 5 stars, to me, because I did not thought it would be. But by the 1st half of the film I was so caught on.
Samsara is beautiful and amazing, if you enjoyed Koyanisqaatsi you have to see it.
There is some dope imagery in this movie. I definitely prefer Koyaanisqatsi, but this one still was a solid screensaver.
Still utterly beautiful. I remember watching this at the cinema and being completely blown away. Love it
I gotta watch this thing with the darn sound on someday
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This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…