Manufactured Landscapes (2007)



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Movie Info

Jennifer Baichwal follows the much acclaimed Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky while he travels the globe shooting landscapes transformed through commercial recycling, manufacturing and industrial production. The film not only captures the astonishing transformations in the landscape but also examines the social repercussions of these changes.

Rating: G
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 20, 2007
Zeitgeist Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Manufactured Landscapes

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (26)

What the film does well is to make us part of the problem: After all we demand the lowest prices in everything we buy and that probably means it was made in China.

October 19, 2007
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Canadian fine art photographer Edward Burtynsky shoots the recycling dumps, superfactories, vast quarries and shipyards, capturing visual beauty in the ecological devastation.

August 9, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Feels constrained and rather dutiful, no matter how passionate these people are about what they're observing.

Full Review… | July 27, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Burtynsky calls for "a whole new way of thinking" about the world's economy and ecology, though he never says what's wrong with the old way.

Full Review… | July 27, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The movie works best traveling from the eye straight to the conscience.

Full Review… | July 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Again and again, Baichwal tapers passages of her film toward resolution in the form of a finished picture by Burtynsky, telescoping her vision and his.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Manufactured Landscapes

One of the better documentaries I have seen. It manages to be both socially relevant and provogative, and also very artistic. That seems like quite an accomblishment to me. It did drag on a bit though.

Jake ....

Super Reviewer

Long, with little insight into either the photographer or his subjects. A slide-show gallery tour of his work, suited more for a museum installation than a feature-length film.

Regardless, the images are as captivating as any you'll see short of the "koyaaniquatsi" trilogy... buy a book to look at his photos... the movie isn't neccessary.

Daniel Hetteix

Super Reviewer

"Manufactured Landscapes" is a moderately interesting documentary about Edward Burtynsky who specializes in taking photographs of industry and manufacturing in an attempt to warn against the environmental depletion of the planet. The film itself is mainly focused on China which is in the process of transforming itself from an agrarian society to an industrial power. There are consequences to this course of action, especially in the displacement of the population and increased pollution.

As urgent as "Manufactured Landscapes" might try to be, there is little here that we have not seen before.(The exception being the shipwreck beach in Bangladesh which itself could have been the setting for an entire documentary.) Yes, that's a truly awesome trackintg shot that opens the movie but it does little to capture the scale of a factory(and I've been in buildings that large, anyway) and actually becomes a game of seeing which workers notice the camera. Likewise, there have been other films that have covered the Three Gorges Dam in greater detail.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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