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Beautiful silent films about the cycle of human existence

Post by Winston » December 10th, 2012, 11:17 pm

Here are some amazing artistic silent films with no dialogue about how out of balance our life is and how mechanized and artificial society has become, and the toll its taken on us. They are considered masterpieces and speak for themselves. Very meaningful and worth watching. I'm not going to embed them below because you should watch them on a full screen at the links below.

Koyaanisqatsi (1982) - Shows the madness and mechanization of industrial society and the toll its taken on us. Filmed within the US. Considered a masterpiece. "Koyaanisqatsi" is a Hopi Indian word that means "life out of balance".

http://vimeo.com/41224179

Baraka (1992) - Spectacular scenes from many different countries and cultures showing natural life vs. industrial and the toll its taken on us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz-nPGPT9Fc&wide

Powaqqatsi (1988) - An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

http://vimeo.com/41224705

Naqoyqatsi (2002) - A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWnPY8kYuDo&wide

Home (2009) - This one has dialogue, but contains breathtaking scenes. With aerial footage from 54 countries, Home is a depiction of how the Earth's problems are all interlinked.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU&wide

Earthlings (2005) - This disturbing documentary film is guaranteed to turn anyone into a vegetarian! Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, EARTHLINGS chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19eBAfUFK3E&wide
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Post by Winston » January 9th, 2013, 4:10 pm

Here is the trailer for "Samsara (2011)". It is the sequel to the silent masterpiece Baraka (1992) by Ron Fricke. "Samsara" is a Sanskrit word that refers to the cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth. This is a silent masterpiece that shows the cycle of human existence on earth in all its forms and the impermanent transient nature of all things.



You can see the full film by buying it on Amazon.com or getting it from a torrent site. I just saw it and it was quite amazing and profound.

Wikipedia synopsis:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsara_(2011_film)

Synopsis

The official website describes the film, "Expanding on the themes they developed in Baraka (1992) and Chronos (1985), Samsara explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man’s spirituality and the human experience. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, Samsara takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation."[3]

IMDB info:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0770802/

Official website for Baraka and Samsara, which contains ordering info:
http://barakasamsara.com

* Also available on Amazon.com.

Note: Baraka can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube at the link in the previous post above.

Ron Fricke also made an Imax film called "Chronos", which you can see on YouTube at:

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