Manufactured Landscapes (2007)
Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 10
No consensus yet.
Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 3
No consensus yet.
Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 6,129
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.
Jun 20, 2007 Wide
Nov 20, 2007
Zeitgeist Films - Official Site
Latest News on Manufactured Landscapes
November 20, 2007:RT on DVD: Live Free or Hairspray This Thanksgiving
Good news, blockbuster fans: this week in home entertainment features a crowd-pleasing toe-tapper...
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.
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.
Canadian fine art photographer Edward Burtynsky shoots the recycling dumps, superfactories, vast quarries and shipyards, capturing visual beauty in the ecological devastation.
Feels constrained and rather dutiful, no matter how passionate these people are about what they're observing.
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.
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.
There is nothing wrong with Baichwal's camerawork, with a fascinating opening eight-minute shot of it roaming across a Chinese factory floor, particularly stunning - but everything lacks depth.
Each of Burtynsky's subjects is impressive in its scale, but terrifying in its ecological impact.
Burtynsky avoids any political content to his work, but it's hard not to feel anxious and sad at the spectacle of the rapid industrialization and urbanization of the world's most populous nation.
My first question: What kind of nefarious events had to occur so that I could purchase the computer with which I write this review?
Like Burtynsky's pictures, captures images that are at once awesome, humbling, and rather terrifying.
I got the streamlined version of a minimalist modern art piece, when what I wanted was an old-fashioned documentary.
Documentarian Jennifer Baichwal's film finds a way to comment on ecological and environmental destruction without bludgeoning audiences with heavy-handed messages. There is a mesmerizing quality to the film.
Burtynsky's photos are stunning (some of his images of dumps resemble Jackson Pollack's drip art), but what's most interesting about Landscapes is the tension between his work and the filmmaking.
Baichwal just tries to create a cinematic equivalent of Burtynsky's still images rather than a documentary on the artistic process of Burtynsky himself. So the end result is a film that would be better as a coffee table book.
Audience Reviews for Manufactured Landscapes
Discuss Manufactured Landscapes on our Movie forum!
Featured on RT
- Paysages fabriques (FR)