Koyaanisqatsi – “Life Out of Balance”
Koyaanisqatsi is a 1982 film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke.
“I saw this in a London cinema in Nov 1983, age 17. I’d no clue what it was going to be about -could have been a Rambo movie for all I knew. I just went along with my pals. Two hours later – back outside in the dank night – and my entire outlook, understanding and appreciation of music, nature, life, world – the way I saw everything just shifted and was never the same again.”
The film consists primarily of slow motion and time-lapse footage of cities and many natural landscapes across the United States. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music. Reggio explains the lack of dialogue by stating “it’s not for lack of love of the language that these films have no words. It’s because, from my point of view, our language is in a state of vast humiliation. It no longer describes the world in which we live.”In the Hopi language, the word Koyaanisqatsi means “unbalanced life”.
*** A short Documentary on the 1983 cult film Koyaanisqatsi:
Koyaanisqatsi – The Essence of Life (Part 1/3)
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1 – Transition : Start (1st thursday of month BLUE
2 – Qatsi (Life ) : Middle (3rd thursdayof month) YELLOW
3 – Remembering 75 years ago : End (last thursday of month) RED