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KOYAANISQATSI is an internationally acclaimed motion picture produced and directed by Godfrey Reggio, with an original music score by Philip Glass. With the assistance of Francis Ford Coppola, who is credited as presenter, the film's premiere caused a sensation at Radio City Music Hall in 1982 under the auspices of the New York Film Festival. The film went on to receive acclaim and recognition at festivals and public performances throughout the world.
KOYAANISQATSI, based on the ancient Hopi Indian word meaning "life out of balance", is a totally unconventional work conceived by Reggio in 1974 as a non-verbal film that would integrate images, music, and ideas. To complete this monumental project, he had the support of the IRE, a non-profit foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the work of brilliant cinematographer Ron Fricke, and the musical contribution of Philip Glass, one of the foremost composers of our time. This unique collaboration resulted in a motion picture that People Magazine called "an extraordinary visual tone poem... akin in visual impact to Lucas and Spielberg. Uncanny, original and fascinating." Gene Siskel on At the Movies said, "It's a wonderful film ...I was amazed and moved by it." And David Sterritt in The Christian Science Monitor said, "A rich and riveting guided tour of our planet, conducted by a filmmaker of wit, intellect and compassion."
The film has been telecast nationally in the U.S. on the Public Broadcasting System's "Great-Performances" series, and also on national telecasts in many other countries around the world. It has been a sure sell-out when performed with a live orchestra at New York's Lincoln Center and other major venues worldwide.
Directed by: Godfrey Reggio
Written by: Godfrey Reggio, Ron Fricke, Michael Hoenig, Alton Walpole
Produced by: Francis Ford Coppola, Godfrey Reggio
Original Music by: Philip Glass
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