• United States
  • 2002
  • 89 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
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  • Spine #642

Godfrey Reggio takes on the digital revolution in the final chapter of his Qatsi Trilogy. Through a variety of cinematic techniques, including slow motion, time-lapse, computer- generated imagery, and found footage, the film tells of a world that has completed the transition from the natural to the artificial. Globalization has been accomplished, all of our interactions are technologically mediated, and all images are manipulated. From this (virtual) reality, Reggio sculpts a frenetic yet ruminative portrait of an era in which the cacophony of “communication” has rendered humankind effectively postlanguage.

Cast

Credits

Presented byMiramax Films and Steven Soderbergh
DirectorGodfrey Reggio
Written byGodfrey Reggio
MusicPhilip Glass
Editor and visual designerJon Kane
ProducersJoe Beirne, Godfrey Reggio and Lawrence Taub
Executive producerSteven Soderbergh
Cello solos byYo-Yo Ma
Music produced byKurt Munkacsi
Music conducted byMichael Riesman
Director of photographyRussell Lee Fine
Additional photographyTimothy Housel
Guest cinematographerJohn Bailey
Image research directorRay Hemenez

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Godfrey Reggio, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • New video afterword by Reggio on the trilogy
  • The Making of “Naqoyqatsi,” a brief documentary featuring interviews with the production crew
  • Panel discussion on the film from 2003, with Reggio, composer Philip Glass, editor Jon Kane, and music critic John Rockwell
  • Interview with Glass and cellist Yo-Yo Ma
  • Trailer

Film Essays

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The Qatsi Trilogy: Geologic Scale and Human Scale

By Bill McKibbenDecember 11, 2012

The climate change expert discusses how Godfrey Reggio’s films presaged widespread concern . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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The Qatsi Trilogy: Counterpoint and Harmony

By John RockwellDecember 11, 2012

Philip Glass’s experimental operas and symphonic works of the 1960s and ’70s laid the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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The Qatsi Trilogy: Celebration and Warning

By Scott MacDonaldDecember 11, 2012

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

Photo Galleries


Photo Galleries

10 Things I Learned: The Qatsi Trilogy

By Kate ElmoreDecember 13, 2012


Film Essays

Nag_feature_thumbnail

The Qatsi Trilogy: Geologic Scale and Human Scale

By Bill McKibbenDecember 11, 2012

The climate change expert discusses how Godfrey Reggio’s films presaged widespread concern . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Poya_essay_feature_thumbnail

The Qatsi Trilogy: Counterpoint and Harmony

By John RockwellDecember 11, 2012

Philip Glass’s experimental operas and symphonic works of the 1960s and ’70s laid the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Koya_essay_feature_thumbnail

The Qatsi Trilogy: Celebration and Warning

By Scott MacDonaldDecember 11, 2012

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


Photo Galleries

The Qatsi Trilogy Packaging

December 10, 2012