Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War)

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The weakest film in Reggio's trilogy.



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Filmmaker, philosopher and activist Godfrey Reggio completes the film trilogy he began with Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi in this visually striking examination of the impact of technology upon our culture. Naqoyqatsi is a word from the Hopi language which roughly translates as "war as a way of life" or "a life of killing each other," and in this film Reggio uses a intense barrage of images - most of which have been drawn from existing film footage and then altered using a variety of optical and digital techniques - to express his belief that technology is no longer at war with nature. Instead, we have allowed technology to become the "nature" in which we live, and as it stretches our physical and emotional environment in new and troubling directions, we have created for ourselves a world of greater chaos, violence, and confusion. As with his previous features in this trilogy, Naqoyqatsi features an original score by Philip Glass, featuring cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma; director Steven Soderbergh, a noted admirer of Reggio's first two films, served as executive producer.

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Critic Reviews for Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War)

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Reggio's psychedelic use of visual effects is quite bold considering how dated they may certainly look for many today (although I see them more as vintage effects), and we find more cohesion here than in Powaqqatsi, even if the result becomes equally loose and repetitious after a while.

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