Saturday, April 19, 2008


"Baraka" (1992) directed by Ron Fricke, cinematographer for Koyaanisqatsi, the first of the Qatsi films by Godfrey Reggio. CINEMATIC DOPE - straight up and down. The cinematography in this film is superb. From dolly shots to crane shots, static to computer-controlled this film captures some of the most astounding frames I've ever seen on film (24 countries from 6 continents in high quality 70mm). No dialogue, no real plot, just an innocent observance of planet earth in all its shame and glory. Baraka is an ancient Sufi word, which can be translated as "the breath, or essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds." You couldn't find a better title for this film. Before BBC created Planet Earth...there was Baraka. Highly recommended.

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