Koyaanisqatsi Film Still

Koyaanisqatsi

Godfrey Reggio

 
  • United States
  • 1983
  • 86 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
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  • Spine #640

An unconventional work in every way, Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi was nevertheless a sensation when it was released in 1983. This first work of The Qatsi Trilogy wordlessly surveys the rapidly changing environments of the Northern Hemisphere, in an astonishing collage created by the director, cinematographer Ron Fricke, and composer Philip Glass. It shuttles viewers from one jaw-dropping vision to the next, moving from images of untouched nature to others depicting human beings’ increasing dependence on technology Koyaanisqatsi’s heterodox methods (including hypnotic time-lapse photography) make it a look at our world from a truly unique angle.

Cast

Credits

Presented byFrancis Ford Coppola
DirectorGodfrey Reggio
Produced byGodfrey Reggio
Director of photographyRon Fricke
MusicPhilip Glass
Executive producerDan Noyes
Music produced and recorded byKurt Munkacsi
Music conducted byMichael Riesman
Music director and additional music byMichael Hoenig
Edited byAlton Walpole and Ron Fricke
Associate producersLawrence Taub, T. Michael Powers, Alton Walpole, Roger McNew and Mel Lawrence

Disc Features

  • New, restored digital transfer, approved by director Godfrey Reggio, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Essence of Life, an interview program with Reggio and composer Philip Glass on Koyaanisqatsi
  • New interview with cinematographer Ron Fricke
  • Television spots and a new interview with Reggio relating to his 1970s multimedia privacy campaign in New Mexico
  • Early demo version of Koyaanisqatsi with a partial scratch soundtrack featuring poet Allen Ginsberg, along with a new introduction by Reggio
  • New interview with Reggio about the film’s original visual concept, with behind-the-scenes footage
  • Trailer

Film Essays

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The Qatsi Trilogy: Geologic Scale and Human Scale

By Bill McKibben December 11, 2012

The climate change expert discusses how Godfrey Reggio’s films presaged widespread concern about global warming and warned about the dangers of consumerism. Read more »


Film Essays

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The Qatsi Trilogy: Counterpoint and Harmony

By John Rockwell December 11, 2012

Philip Glass’s experimental operas and symphonic works of the 1960s and ’70s laid the groundwork for his hypnotic Qatsi scores. Read more »


Film Essays

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The Qatsi Trilogy: Celebration and Warning

By Scott MacDonald December 11, 2012

Cinema is both an educational tool and a vessel for kinetic, avant-garde expression for filmmaker and activist Godfrey Reggio. Read more »

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On Five

10 Things I Learned: The Qatsi Trilogy

By Kate Elmore December 13, 2012


Film Essays

Nag_feature_thumbnail

The Qatsi Trilogy: Geologic Scale and Human Scale

By Bill McKibben December 11, 2012

The climate change expert discusses how Godfrey Reggio’s films presaged widespread concern about global warming and warned about the dangers of consumerism. Read more »


Film Essays

Poya_essay_feature_thumbnail

The Qatsi Trilogy: Counterpoint and Harmony

By John Rockwell December 11, 2012

Philip Glass’s experimental operas and symphonic works of the 1960s and ’70s laid the groundwork for his hypnotic Qatsi scores. Read more »


Film Essays

Koya_essay_feature_thumbnail

The Qatsi Trilogy: Celebration and Warning

By Scott MacDonald December 11, 2012

Cinema is both an educational tool and a vessel for kinetic, avant-garde expression for filmmaker and activist Godfrey Reggio. Read more »


Photo Galleries