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Godfrey Reggios film Koyaanisqatsi Koyaanisquatsi is a beautiful portrayal of life and a shocking realization of how humans have altered it with technology In Godfrey Reggios film Koyaanisqatsi a powerful contrast is creatively illustrated between the benefits and the costs of the modernization through technology of our industrial society It is hard to determine Reggios view on the subject for his film is extremely vague and objective although watching his film has helped me to come to some conclusions of my own Firstly I believe that humans are greedy for improvement they cant seem to be happy with what they have and only want more In extension to the first point I believe that the improvement that has been introduced to our culture has not neccesarily improved it I also believe that we are not entirely capable as a society to follow at the pace with which innovation is moving and that many end up left behind in an obsolete stupor Koyaanisqatsi illustrates all this with vivid and poignant effect on the viewer I like the way in which the slow and plain but beautiful landscape is set juxtapose to the flashy speed of the inner city As the movie progresses the speed and complexity of the shots increase steadily until it is a swarming mad mesh of people machinery and computer chips This starts with very slow panoramic shots of the dessert and landscapes It portrays the beauty that a mountain or a curling wave posses and it reminded me for one moment how beautiful and powerful nature really is It then progresses slowly at first to the inner city We see images of people buildings and machinery and the interactions that go on between them The build-up is very effective It does however escalate to a nauseating vortex of fast-moving images The film crescendos with a montage of computer chips Curiously though the film slows down again at the end almost as if
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