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Samsara (follow up to Baraka)
« on: October 02, 2011, 12:15:05 PM »
Anyone else excited about this movie?
Michael Stearns and Lisa Gerrard doing the soundtrack.

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

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The greatest visual experience that my eyeballs have ever witnessed.
19 September 2011 | by rosielarose (Toronto) See all my reviews

I just saw a screening of Samsara at the TIFF, at the brilliant TIFF Lightbox theatre.

Wow.

A film that took 5 years to make and co-ordinate. Shot in Panarama 70mm, across 26 countries, needing major government and regulatory clearances, having to wait for certain seasons or lunar phases to get the light to hit the way director Fricke wanted...carefully strung together with a massive 7.1 surround sound design and music score from Michael Stearns, Marcello de Francisci, and Lisa Gerrard (of Dead Can Dance).

The 70mm negative has been digitally scanned and oversampled at 8k resolution (much like the 'Baraka' Blu-ray); the TIFF Lightbox theatre installed a brand new Christie 4k projector (Christie Projection Systems rushed the projector before its release to the market specifically for this event) making it the first true 4k screening of it's kind.

From sweeping landscapes to time-lapse sequences of the night sky and from exclusive looks into the processing of food to the consumption and effects it has on the human body, Samsara is nothing short of astounding. Modern technology, production lines, and human robotics are juxtaposed against a backdrop of deserts, garbage mounds as far as the eye can see, and traffic congestion in modern centres. The time-lapse footage is simply transcendent. In fact, I caught myself questioning the reality of some of the landscape vistas and night skyline montages...they looked so hyper-real that I thought they must have come from a CG lab somewhere. Simply astonishing. The richness, depth and clarity of colour and image achieved within the processes utilized gives birth to the most beautiful visual meditation that I have ever witnessed.

As one film journalist noted, "That Samsara is instantly one of the most visually-stunning films in the history of cinema is reason enough to cherish it, but Fricke and co-editor Mark Magidson achieve truly profound juxtapositions, brimming with meaning and emotion. It sounds preposterous, but it's true: In 99 minutes, Samsara achieves something approaching a comprehensive portrait of the totality of human experience. If you're even remotely fond of being alive, Samsara is not to be missed."

If you ever come across the chance to see this film in a decent theatre, run, and let your eyeballs (and earholes) feast upon its brilliance.

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Re: Samsara (follow up to Baraka)
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2011, 09:14:15 PM »
As someone who saw Koyansquatsi (sp?) in a theater when it first came out and did the same with Baraka (and I own that DVD), I am looking forward to seeing this, but I wonder if it's just more of the same, in a way. No doubt it will be visually stunning - after all, Fricke is a genius, but I hope it's not just an amalgam of Koyansquatsi and Baraka, because in a way, that's what it sounds like. Still, I will certainly see it if it comes to the Twin Cities.
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Re: Samsara (follow up to Baraka)
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2011, 05:08:03 AM »
I'm definitely looking forward to this, as a major fan of Baraka as well as Chronos.
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Re: Samsara (follow up to Baraka)
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2011, 04:12:17 AM »
I've been following production news on Samsara for years, and it's great to know it's finally DONE.  Now I just need a way to watch it, though I'll likely have to wait until the Blu-ray release.    :-\
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Re: Samsara (follow up to Baraka)
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2011, 11:45:01 AM »
I hope they will play it at some IMAX theatre here in The Netherlands, but I doubt it...