June 10th, 2005 6:46 PM

Well, I finally got around to seeing Naqoyqatsi last night. It’s a difficult movie to explain, as it lacks plot, dialog, and actors. It’s a stunning collection of video and audio depicting our technology, culture, and violence (in many senses). Philip Glass’ score is not only beautiful, but fits very nicely with the video and its transitions.

I’d like to follow this up with Powaqqatsi and Koyaanisqtsi, but I haven’t seen those in any of the local video shops.


Having never heard of these films before, of course I notice that TV Guide has Koyaanisqtsi listed as a documentary. I thought that was an odd choice, but what else is a popular magazine to do?

Posted by: Benjamin on June 12th, 2005 11:04 AM

Yeah, everyone lists it as a documentary. Mostly because there’s really no other genre that comes close.

Posted by: kasei on June 12th, 2005 12:45 PM

having seen “koyaanisqtsi” (and on the big screen too), i highly recommend it. one of these days i need to sit down to watch the other two. i’d very much like to see how the 3 movies differentiate themselves from each other.

interesting that you were able to find “naqoyqatsi” but not “koyaanisqtsi” at the video store. i always thought that the latter was the more popular one.

oh, one more thing, how come the main story no longer shows up on the comment posting page? it makes it harder to read back what i’m about to comment on :)

Posted by: gary on June 12th, 2005 7:01 PM

I think Naqoyqatsi was in the rental store because of it’s much more recent releasae (2002, versus 1988 and 1983). I don’t know how they differentiate, but from what I’ve heard, and considering the titles, I can infer that they’re similar but with a different central focus (from what I can tell, these are probably war, developing culture, and the enviroment).

The comments thing wasn’t meant to go live, but resulted from some development I was doing on this weblog. It should all be fixed now.

Posted by: kasei on June 12th, 2005 8:24 PM