Sunday, July 16, 2006
Naqoyqatsi is my favorite installment of the Reggio 'trilogy.' Yes, it features a lot of digital effects and animation of the sort entirely absent from the first two cinematic collages, and some of the sequences border on a level of cheesiness previously only achieved by those computer-generated digital music videos of Rube Goldberg instruments that play themselves on PBS late at night. But it's also lovely, hypnotic, and terrifying. Reggio reaches into the abstract often in re-imagining our creation of a world without 'nature.' A montage of dinner guests in black and white are revealed as saturated by liesure and comfort, dupes of shallow experience. Religious symbols and advertising logos jostle for prominence. Violence and natural forces shatter the illusion we can ever control Life.
At times reminiscent of Stan Brakhage, Naqoyqatsi also features a great Philip Glass score. If you hate Glass, avoid at all costs. Some primo grade wacky tabacky might elevate your appreciation, or so I'd imagine if I knew about such things.