Mark Magidson

Samsara

From the filmmakers behind Koyaanisqatsi (a movie I love but have to look up every time I need to spell it) and Baraka, the 5 year’s worth of filming that is Samsara is a meditation along the same massively gorgeous lines. Huge human set pieces, pristine imagery and sweeping music to underscore the complexity of our crazy, profound little lives. The film is in limited theaters August 24th, but we’ve got an exclusive look at the film that includes a stunning time-lapse attack on an opera house performing “La Scala.”

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In 1982, Ron Fricke wrote, edited and directed photography for Koyaanisqatsi, a movie that’s become a modern experimental classic that sought to create a pure sensory experience beyond what narrative storytelling could do. It’s the kind of film that audiences have to yield to, letting it wash over them like color-wrapped sound waves, and it seems likely that Samsara will be artistically related to Fricke’s early work. He re-teams here with Mark Magidson to create something that – if the movie delivers on its trailer – has to be seen and heard to be believed. The pair are most known for their work on the short doc Chronos and the feature Baraka, and their style is one that mashes moments together in order to find a sense of meaning. They’re incredibly good at it. Plus, the imagery! It’s amazing. The kind of stuff that steals your heart right out of your chest and makes you wish your whole body were made of eyeballs. See it and marvel:

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published: 11.21.2014
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