Burning Man: The Burning Sensation

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Alex Nohe directs this documentary about a bacchanalian event in the moonscape of the Nevada desert. "Participants Only: No Spectators," read the tickets for the weeklong event where there are no rules, no structure, and approximately 24,000 screaming, often naked, Gen-Xers. Aside from marathon sessions of noisy lovemaking in the sand, ecstasy binges, and general mayhem, the film focuses on body hair barber shops, topless bicycle races, and of course, a naked effigy of Bill Clinton that dispenses sun block from one of his more frequently-discussed organs. Attention is also paid to the performance and installation art that is just as central to Burning Man as its more hedonistic features.


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The overall vibe is druggy and self-indulgent, like a spring-break orgy for pretentious arts majors.

Sep 19, 2002 | Full Review…

Looks more like a travel-agency video targeted at people who like to ride bikes topless and roll in the mud than a worthwhile glimpse of independent-community guiding lights.

Sep 5, 2002 | Full Review…

It does give a taste of the Burning Man ethos, an appealing blend of counter-cultural idealism and hedonistic creativity.

Sep 5, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Nohe has made a decent 'intro' documentary, but he feels like a spectator and not a participant.

Sep 24, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

A 'Girls Gone Wild' video for the boho art-house crowd, The Burning Sensation isn't a definitive counter-cultural document -- its makers aren't removed and inquisitive enough for that.

Sep 23, 2002 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Alex Nohe's documentary plays like a travelogue for what mostly resembles a real-life, big-budget NC-17 version of Tank Girl.

Sep 19, 2002

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