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Koyaanisqatsi

This is the preview for the 1982 movie Koyaanisqatsi which was directed by Godfrey Reggio. The music was composed by Philip Glass. The movie is made up of images and music. Time-lapse photography is used through much of the film to document the elements, nature and people.

I first saw this film when I was a freshman in college. I crashed a class called Aesthetics which was taught by beloved professor Larry Bakke. Due to the meditative nature of the film, some students fell asleep. I stayed awake and enjoyed the visual and musical ride. I had studied surrealistic films when I was in high school, but Koyaanisqatsi was different. At the time, I didn’t get to see the full duration of the film since it was longer than the class. It wasn’t until a few years later when I finally saw the whole thing. I watch the film again every so often.

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