Archive for the Pure Cinema Category

Ambra: Fascination of Sound and Nature (2002-2007)

Posted in Art, Cosmology, Metaphysics, Music, Philosophy, Pure Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2014 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Giorgio and Martin Koppehele
Producer: Avenue Music
Genre: Meditation / Music / New Age
Country: Germany
Language: English / None

Fascination of sound and nature.

A unique combination of music, visuals and brilliant imagination of language and poetry. Excellent for relaxing moments, the visuals  are created under the meditative music of semi-classical compositions and magical ethnic vocals on the basis of Fascinating Nature trilogy by Gogol Lobmayr. All coming together to make a dreamlike atmosphere – one great big piece of art.

Planet Earth: Amazing Nature Scenery (2011)

Posted in Art House Film, Documentary, Photography, Pure Cinema, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2013 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Robert Revol
Producer: Robert LVI
Genre: Documentary / Short / Trailer
Country: Romania
Language: English / None

A beautiful images collection of Planet Earth (2006) documentary.

Emmy Award winning, 11-episodes, 5-years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition. Each of episodes features a global overview of a different biome or habitat on Earth. At the end of each fifty-minute episode, a ten-minute featurette takes a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of filming the series.

Samsara (2011)

Posted in Documentary, Philosophy, Pure Cinema, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2013 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Ron Fricke
Producer: Mark Magidson
Genre: Documentary / World Cinema
Country: United States
Language: English / None

A journey of the soul – beautiful, haunting, and mystical.

Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life.” Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, Samsara transform viewers through powerful images pristinely photographed in 70mm and a dynamic music score. The film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of the nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.

Expanding on the themes 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.

 

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Man with a Movie Camera (1929-2003)

Posted in Art House Film, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary, Independent Film, Philosophy, Pure Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Dziga Vertov
Producer: Dziga Vertov
Genre: Documentary / Independent Film / Avant-garde
Country: Russia
Language: None / RU / EN subtitles

Dziga Vertov’s Man With A Movie Camera is considered one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era. Vertov proclaimed the primacy of camera “Kino-Eye” over the human eye. The camera lens was a machine that could be perfected infinitely to grasp the world in its entirety and organize visual chaos into a coherent, objective picture.

Startlingly modern, this film utilizes a groundbreaking style of rapid editing and incorporates innumerable other cinematic effects to create a work of amazing power and energy. This film is famous for the range of cinematic techniques Vertov invents, deploys or develops, such as double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, split screens, Dutch angles, extreme close-ups, tracking shots, footage played backwards, stop motion animations and a self-reflexive style.

The film was released with a soundtrack composed by Jason Swinscoe and performed by the British jazz and electronic outfit The Cinematic Orchestra.

In the 2012 Sight and Sound poll, film critics voted Man with a Movie Camera the 8th best film ever made.

Dogora – Ouvrons les yeux (2004)

Posted in Art House Film, Documentary, Pure Cinema, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , on September 29, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Patrice Leconte
Producer: Frédéric Brillion, Gilles Legrand, Epithète Films
Genre: Documentary / World Cinema
Country: France
Language: None

A musical urge written in an imaginary language without a narrative, actors or plot.

An impressionistic, sensorial tapestry of existence in and around early 21st-century Cambodia. Journeying through the country’s farmlands, factories, streets and rural villages, camera-in-hand, Leconte glimpses the people and the elements of the landscape that make Cambodia so culturally specific, and gently contrasts modes of life found there.
The movie has been compared in its conception with the likes of the
Qatsi trilogy.

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La Terre vue du ciel / Earth from Above (2004)

Posted in Abstract Film, Documentary, Philosophy, Photography, Pure Cinema, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Renaud Delourme
Producer: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Genre: Documentary / World Cinema
Country: France
Language: French / None

A stunning portrait of our planet.

Earth from Above is a United Nations-supported ecological project conceived and led by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The project includes a photo essay-style collection of aerial photography produced by Arthus-Bertrand, in which the photographer captured vistas of Earth from various aircraft during a ten-year period.

An ode to the vital reconciliation between Man and Nature, this film invites the viewer to reflect on the changes taking place on our planet, and the repercussions of these changes on future inhabitants. One by one, the stunning images reveal not only the beauty of the Earth, but also the impact we ourselves have made on our fragile planet.

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Anima Mundi (1992)

Posted in Abstract Film, Art House Film, Documentary, Philosophy, Pure Cinema, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Godfrey Reggio
Producer: Steve Goldin, Rory Johnston
Genre: Documentary / World Cinema / Art House Film
Country: Italy, United States
Language: None

The film focuses on the world of nature and wildlife, particularly jungles, sea-life, and insects. The movie was commissioned by Italian jewelers Bulgari for use by the World Wide Fund for Nature in their Biological Diversity Program.

The film was scored by Philip Glass, who also worked with Reggio on Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi. Anima Mundi features many of the techniques from the Qatsi trilogy, and was produced in between the release of Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi, but is not considered to be directly related to the series.

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Le Peuple Migrateur / Winged Migration (2001)

Posted in Cinéma Vérité, Documentary, Pure Cinema, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats
Producer: Christophe Barratier
Genre: Documentary
Country: France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, United States
Language: French / Russian / EN subtitles

Winged Migration is dedicated to the French ornithologist Jean Dorst, showcasing the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents.

The movie was shot from ultralights, para-gliders, and hot air balloons, as well as trucks, motorcycles, motorboats, remote-controlled robots, and a French Navy warship. Its producer says that “Winged Migration” is neither a documentary nor fiction, but rather a “natural tale”.
The film states that no special effects were used in the filming of the birds, although some entirely CGI segments that view Earth from outer space augment the real-life footage.

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Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man (2000)

Posted in Art House Film, Documentary, Philosophy, Pure Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Keith Melton
Producer: Steve Roberts, Peter Wagg
Genre: Short / Fantasy / Musical
Country: United States
Language: English / RU subtitles

The artists of the internationally acclaimed performing arts troupe Cirque du Soleil appear in this dramatic fantasy, shot in the high-definition IMAX format, which celebrates the human spirit as it follows the life of one man from childhood to old age. The Taiko Drummers perform in a sequence that represents the dawn of mankind, and a synchronized swimming team performs a water ballet that symbolizes the beginning of life.

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Microcosmos – Le peuple de l’herbe (1996)

Posted in Abstract Film, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary, Pure Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou
Producer: Christophe Barratier, Yvette Mallet, Jacques Perrin
Genre: Documentary /Abstract Film / Cinéma Vérité
Country: France, Switzerland, Italy
Language: French / RU / EN subtitles

A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. Utilizing special macroscopic photographic techniques, filmmakers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou created this fascinating and visually spectacular look at the hidden worlds in the life cycle of an ordinary meadow in France. When seen through the lens of Nuridsany and Perennou’s cameras, insects become gigantic beasts, blades of grass turn into towering monuments, and raindrops form puddles that resemble vast oceans. The filmmakers find humor, drama, and beauty in the lives of these tiny flora and fauna as caterpillars transform themselves into butterflies, beetles struggle with their day’s foraging, and snails reproduce their species.
Microcosmos was a multiple prize winner at the 1996 French Academy of Cinema Awards; the American release version features narration by actress Kristin Scott Thomas.

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