March 24th, 2006

DBlackthorne

Koyaanisqatsi

Spechtreum

Koyaanisqatsi
{XVIII A.S. Directed by Godfrey Reggio. Score by Phillip Glass.}
"Koyaanisqaatsi: life out of balance; crazy life; life in turmoil; life disintegrating; a state of life that calls for another way of living." - Hopi term.

A God's eye view of planet earth and its inhabitants. From the opening scene of tribal hieroglyphs and chanting reverberation, the film launches into an enchanting series of impressive environmental scenes set to haunting electronic and instrumental music, with scenes I have divided into five sections:

1. Homage to The Four-Crown Princes of Hell.

Stunning vistas of the elements in flux, from canyons to plains to forests to volcanoes to fields of kaleidoscopic color, to clouds and storms and the massive movements of the ocean.

2. Infernal Machines.

Cut to behemoth land-tilling machines, man-made industrial environments, expansive scenery of automobiles, planes, and space-age technological inventions.

3. The Herd.

The teaming masses shuffling to and fro, set to insect-like speeds. The proles kept in perspective. Crowds and clusters of humanity, with a few individual shots of amusing foibles and locations.

4. The Concrete Jungle.

Skyscrapers, slums, implosions, construction and destruction, as well as beautiful shots of the metropolitan evening.

5. End.

A return to the hieroglyphs, which seems to signify a primal contemplation, a return to The Source.

Koyaanisqatsi is certainly a Satanic meditation, which would prove beneficial after any interaction with the herd, a veritable "eye in the sky" - asserts the "larger picture", as it were. A LaVeyan recommendation, I imagine this would be much more enhanced on a big screen; it is mostly comprised of time-lapse film, adding a certain eerie element, and the tenebrous music compliments it well.

Rating: 5/5.