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Koyaanisqatsi - Matthew Yeung Music Appreciation Extra...

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Matthew Yeung Music Appreciation Extra Credit MWF 12:20 April 20, 2011 Koyaanisqatsi Koyaanisqatsi is a film that has more a documentary feel than a plot. The images set to the haunting music of Philip Glass is nice visual representation. The film begins with ancient Indian cave drawings. There is a soft drone that is saying “Koyaanisqatsi”. This translates into “life out of balance” in the native tongue of the Hopi tribe. The film uses slow motion shots to emphasize differences of motion. The scenes with the clouds and waves are a great example of this that is representing a natural setting. Comparing two different items like this helps to contrast the differences. The film starts out with natural old life and begins to show how man has affected the environment and society. The films major plot/ idea is to get across the meaning of Koyaanisqatsi. This film has been directed to give the person watching it an idea of how important music and art is. Modern day society takes this for granted and I think it helps to bring people back
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