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Named after a Sufi word that translates roughly as "breath of life" or "blessing," Baraka is Ron Fricke's impressive follow-up to Godfrey Reggio's non-verbal documentary film Koyaanisqatsi. Fricke was cinematographer and collaborator on Reggio's film, and for Baraka he struck out on his own to polish and expand the photographic techniques used on Koyaanisqatsi. The result is a tour-de-force in 70mm: a cinematic "guided meditation" (Fricke's own description) shot in 24 countries on six continents
Sep 24, 1993 Wide
Jan 25, 2000
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Any one sequence might work powerfully in its own right, but string them together with a musical overlay and the banality of the connections becomes apparent.
The form is ravishing, though the content suffers by comparison.
It is claimed that the great age of travel is dead - that there are no longer amazing, exotic, beautiful and fearsome places for the traveler to discover. A movie like Baraka gives hope.
While it's easy to look at these often beautiful moving postcards, Fricke presents locations without identifying them, so most viewers will quickly find themselves lost and overwhelmed.
A cinematic gap year of forest temples, baking deserts and teeming cities.
Breathtaking and serenely beautiful to watch, Baraka is still the visual delight it was twenty years ago, thanks to phenomenal photography, superb editing and a strapping score.
Either an awesome vision of the world in all its time-lapsed wonder or visual whale music.
Critics and audiences have struggled to find the right words to describe the effect Baraka has on them for 16 years; but it seems appropriate to be speechless after seeing this wordless masterpiece of cinema.
images [and juxtapositions] in BARAKA . . provoke speculation about our place in the cosmos
[It] begins like a National Geographic tour....a vacation from dialogue and narrative, traveling strictly on imagery... [but]Baraka gets old before the 93 minutes are up.
Baraka's major strength is its realization that life happens all over the world and not just in America.
This is a film that gazes with such awe at the mystery of life on earth that it seems almost childlike and yet does it in a way so purely cinematic that it can only come from the hands of a wizened master.
will appeal greatly to any children of the sixties ... who believe in the common unity of mankind and how we all seek the same universal source'
Extraordinary non-narrative film that enables us to see with our eyes and feel in our flesh that the healing of self and the healing of the planet and inextricably linked.
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