Movie review, 'Naqoyqatsi'

EntertainmentMoviesPhilip GlassPG Rated MoviesGodfrey ReggioYo-Yo Ma

After 1984's "Koyaanisqatsi" and 1988's "Powaqqatsi," Godfrey Reggio completes his experimental montage trilogy with "Naqoyqatsi" (roughly translated as "war as a way of life"). The film is a disturbing and frighteningly evocative assembly of imagery and hypnotic music composed by Philip Glass.

Structured in three parts, "Naqoyqatsi" references M.C. Esher's haunting, terrifying drawing "The Tower of Babel," with images of athletes (like the great American sprinter Maurice Greene), gymnasts and swimmers, symmetrically aligned with their aesthetically "drawn" mechanized bodies. The final part is crafted from appropriated and found images of commercials, military aviation and technical weaponry that asks more oblique, philosophical questions about man's capacity for destruction and abuse. Graced by the plaintive cello solos of Yo-Yo Ma, Glass' music has a spare beauty.

Reggio relies extensively on manipulated imagery in this film, for an effect similar to the music - moody and insinuating.

3 stars (out of 4)
"Naqoyqatsi"

Running time: 1:29. MPAA rating: PG (adult themes and content, some terrifying imagery).

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