View Full Version : Film: Koyaanisqatsi

27-01-2004, 11:45
has any1 seen this movie/??,,i heard it was psychadelic friendly, very well done....reply with helpful feedback

27-01-2004, 12:14
Yeah, I have this and powaqaatsi (sp?) on DVD.

Less of a movie than a piece of art really. The kind of film that could be hung in the tate. Beautifully shot scenes from mans world and the natural world with an underlying message of the imbalance between the two. Its great while tripping and its great while sober.

I never quite thought that the music was as good as it was hyped up to be, although it is good, I thought it was a little more repetetive than it needed to be. I quite often have the dvd on while I listen to my own music though.

27-01-2004, 16:09
It's very good. The only thing is I don't like Philip Glass at all, so the music irritates me. But I have an alternate electronic soundtrack for it that works well (Music to Films 1 - Oliver Lieb / Dr. Atmo [FAX]). It's a good movie, with good sequels as well.

I prefer Baraka personally, if you get a chance to view that.

29-01-2004, 08:03
It's awesome if you're in the mood for that sort of thing. Sometimes it's good to just chill and watch pictures of the landscape. I have to admit that I watched the last 15 minutes in fast forward, though.

29-01-2004, 11:40
i took the liberty of correcting the spelling of the movie in the title - it's such a beautiful movie, it deserves that at least :)


29-01-2004, 16:12
The guy I lived with last year owned the first two. We watched the first one in its entirety while completely stoned out of our gourds and decided to only watch clips of it from there on in. The Clouds and the City ones were the best two vignettes in the movie. I've wanted to see Baraka for a while, but am on drug testing and they are an essential companion for these movies ;)

30-01-2004, 01:23
^^^not necessarily. I first saw Baraka completely sober, and I found it incredibly moving.

That said, it probably would be interesting while drugged. And about the movie on topic, Great film.

31-01-2004, 09:09
Watch Baraka.... There's 3 "qatsi" films....btw.

Morrison's Lament
31-01-2004, 19:13
I have all three on DVD - I find the first one to be far superior to the other two - but they're definitely still worth a watch. The third world one is a bit depressing at times, though.

Baraka is quite good, I got it with the qatsi films in a special deal on Amazon - it's not quite as good but definitely something special though :)

--- G.

02-02-2004, 06:05
I saw Baraka for the first time with my first 2c-e experience (15 mg). Oh...my...god...that movie did a number on my head. My favorite part is in the beginning with the rain forest people chanting in front of the idol...just the way they chanted and created waves with their collective bodies totally reminded me of clouds and rain for some reason.

29-06-2004, 20:17


Ko-yaa-nis-qatsi (from the Hopi Language), n, 1. crazy life. 2. life in turmoil. 3. life out of balance. 4. life disintegrating. 5. a state of life that calls for other way of living.

Very moving documentary....rented out on DVD other day.... what are your thoughts on this documentary?

I thought it was very different just enjoyed watching the emotional moving pictures I have mixed feelings about this... it was filmed in the late 70's or early 80's...

Really showed that humans are really destorying the earth.

30-06-2004, 00:03
Baraka > Koyaanisqatsi

30-06-2004, 00:23

Phillip Glass' soundtrack for Koyaanisqatsi is incredible. He succesfully adds some music to visuals that might otherwise appear disjointed. Koyaanisqatsi would be good for zoning out if not for a few intense sequences...but definitely a great film/meditation.

Baraka is also a good film. :)

30-06-2004, 00:46
I agree that both are good. I just happen to like Baraka more. :)

30-06-2004, 01:42
merged "Doco: Koyaanisqatsi"


30-06-2004, 06:52
I enjoyed Koyaanisqatsi more than Baraka and Baraka more than Powaqqatsi.
But they all have splendid photography and an effective use of juxtaposition.

I have only seen them straight.
Might plan a marathon....... impending head bending.

Pander Bear
30-06-2004, 10:10
seen baraka and chronos. Koyaanisqatsi has been gathering dust on my parent's table for a month now. I have no idea where or how they came by it. I'll pop it in the high def tomorrow night.

Pander Bear
09-07-2004, 11:40
ok, brief snippy comments, none of them particularly constructive:

The transfer to dvd was poor. I went into it foolishly expecting the baraka picture quality. I realize its unreasonable, considering that its older, and not shot in 60mm for IMAX, but it took away from the viewing experience. I found myself picking away, noticing stuff that is harldy poor film.

The narrative was lacking. Despite what the film maker says, I would consider this film as a kind ofstatement with an adjenda. Thats fine by me, and Whether I agree with it is moot. I didn't find the storytelling too compelling compared to baraka/chronos.

The Glass score, however, was excellent, and fit the film perfectly. I don't think I'd trade it for the "ethnic" music in Baraka, but still, it was top-notch.

Koyaanisqatsi gets major props in my book for being the first film, to my knowledge, to attempt this sort of thing, outside of that, however, I'll take my sharp, more compelling Baraka. I don't regret seeing it, but I'm not running out the door to see the other two in the trillogy.

09-07-2004, 12:12
ok, at the risk of being labelled a stoner, try this.

you have, i am sure, heard of people watching 'the wizard of oz' while listening to 'the dark side of the moon' with interesting results.

well, my friends and i occasionally do the same with koyaanisqatsi and the moby album 'i like to score'. if you start the cd just as the red letters appear on screen, it makes a really nice alternative soundtrack to the movie.

the original soundtrack is, for sure, wonderful.


Pander Bear
09-07-2004, 20:27
"a, its works but you gotta smoke alot of weed with it"


30-08-2005, 10:57

I just saw this earlier today. I liked it much.

30-08-2005, 21:38
poll added

30-08-2005, 22:07
ironically, you spelled the name of the movie in the title wrong



31-08-2005, 08:17
The similarity between Koyaanisqaatsi and Baraka is no accident, as they have the same director of photography (Godfrey reggio I think...). I personally think the former is far more coherent as a movie, has a better sound track, and made in a more interesting way (Francis Ford Cuppola grapped a Hopi shaman out of central America and said "make a movie about the city").

I have watched Koyaanisqaatsi on the small screen and found it immensely disappointing - frankly, I would only bother if it is on at a cinema with a good sound system. Forget about DVD - unless you have a fuck off home cinema set up. Also, the first 3 times I saw Koyaanisqaatsi I was on acid - highly recommended!!! (Drop it while driving in - it comes on as you queue for tickets - incredible peak for the closing sequence - then several hours wandering the city "flying" buildings and other fun tricks ;) )

31-08-2005, 23:49
one of the best things i've ever viewed:

02-09-2005, 18:11
I think these films are brilliant. The soundtrack by Phillip Glass was a nice touch, if you are into minimilism. I thought the music definitly amplified the images, especially in certain parts. IMO :)

02-09-2005, 19:56
my favourite of the series and one of my favourite movies.

07-02-2009, 11:30
Some nice eye candy and an interesting experiment but extremely over-rated as far as I'm concerned.

12-02-2009, 18:11
Watch Baraka.... .watch "the fall"
it's baraka "made in a movie"
... and arguably better

13-02-2009, 03:24
Man, I'm the only one who disliked this film. :\

13-02-2009, 03:32
^ what didn't you like about it


13-02-2009, 03:55
^ I don't know. It was shot beautifully. That's true. Though I'm pretty sure if I set up a camera in a location for 3 years I could get some beautiful shots too. I might be wrong about their filming but if I'm not that's just a personal qualm. Maybe some of the techniques were new and pretty spiffy but talking about how 'beautiful it all is', well, I just think they had it a bit easier than say someone who has a very small window to get the shots they want and make it beautiful.

Also, half-way through I was pretty much done. I thought the theme was extremely belabored.

I do enjoy Philip Glass. His music was probably the highlight of the film for me.

13-02-2009, 04:03
Also, the irony of using technology to criticize technology is beyond hilarious.

I'm guessing somewhere someone in front of their dumb computer in an air-conditioned, overly-bright office while sipping on their $4.00 Starbucks latte came up with the excuse in their movie review that the 'irony is intentional' but I'm not buying it. That's the film creator's job. They make movies. If the creators or critics ever tried to pass sweep that under the rug I'd probably roll my eyes.

16-02-2009, 01:37
<3'd it . . . like being on LSD and seeing how foolish life on this planet has become.