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Baraka (1992)


Director(s): Ron Fricke

Language: English

Genre: Documentary


From Nepal to Kenya, from Australia to Brazil, people try to cope with the changes that have altered their landscape, crowding them together and speeding up daily life. The film shows us these alienated people, but also images of traditions--whirling dervishes and Tibetan monks--that offer different, peaceful ways of existence. Shot in 70mm in 24 countries, this awesome musical and visual montage in the tradition of KOYAANISQATSI expresses the global existence of nature and man in the broadest s... [Get complete synopsis]


motleymitch wrote on October 17, 2007, 11:50 am
Hmmmm...seems Phillip Glass has cornered the market on scoring these type of films! Anywho....
First time I saw this film, it was on a big screen at a repertoire in Montreal, and subsequent viewings have always been on a big screen as well. This is the way you should see it, if given the opportunity, and most repertoire theaters in most cities seem to throw this film into their rotation at least once a month.
What a marked improvement from the similarly-themed but ultimately disappointing 'Powaqqatsi' (which I watched today).
'Baraka' displays images of similar substance (man at work, toiling, labour, vast exotic scenery and locales, much third world imagery, etc...) but takes it up a few levels throwing in other themes (more modern scapes, Tibetan monks, snow monkeys, lost tribes, etc...) and to greater success. The images here are more visually stunning, and the editing a little more seamless - not so *cut, cut cut*.
Turns out the director worked as a cameraman on 'Powaqqatsi', hence his inspiration, but he surpasses Reggio's film. The apprentice has become the master!
Some might see these style of films as little more than an over-blown travelogue, but 'Baraka' actually makes me want to visit some of the locales, regardless of the trials and tribulations of some of the people depicted.
motleymitch wrote on October 17, 2007, 11:51 am
Monkeys = Gold!

motleymitch wrote on October 17, 2007, 11:52 am

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motleymitch wrote on October 17, 2007, 11:55 am

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Jefferygn wrote on October 17, 2007, 9:39 pm
Fuckin A! I absolutely loved this movie. I was completely mesmerized coming out of the Imperial Theatre in montreal back in the day. A superb outing.

I have hesitated to see it again, lest it not live up to my original impressions.

MasterWoodsman wrote on October 17, 2007, 11:22 pm
Do yourself a favor and watch it again. I've seen it a dozen times and it never loses its impact.

Absolutely beautiful.

If I had a waiting room I'd put this on auto-play and screw the fish!

MrTTT wrote on November 13, 2007, 1:22 pm
good movie, definitely a must see.
Deril wrote on November 20, 2007, 10:43 pm
I\'m actually surprised i liked it, but here we are.

Visually stunning. I actually agree with Derek about having something like this in a waiting room.

\"the pictures...they\'re coming to life!\"

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