Archive for the Pure Cinema Category

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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Naqoyqatsi: Life as War (2002)

Posted in Abstract Film, Documentary, Pure Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Godfrey Reggio
Producer: Joe Beirne, Godfrey Reggio, Lawrence Taub
Genre: Documentary / World Cinema / Trailer
Country: United States
Language: English / None

Naqoyqatsi is a Hopi word meaning “life as war”. According to Reggio, the film has no screenplay per se, but three movements with different themes:

  • Numerica.com: Language and place gives way to numerical code and virtual reality.
  • Circus maximums: Competition, winning, records, fame, “fair play” and the love of money are elevated to the prime values of life. Life becomes a game.
  • Rocket-ship twentieth century: A world that language can no longer describe. The resulting explosive tempo of technology is war, civilized violence.

About eighty percent of Naqoyqatsi uses archive footage and stock images manipulated and processed digitally on non-linear editing (non-sequential) workstations and inter-cut with specially-produced computer generated imagery to demonstrate society’s transition from a natural environment to a technology-based one. Reggio described the process as “virtual cinema”.

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Ashes and Snow (2005)

Posted in Art House Film, Documentary, Mysticism, Philosophy, Pure Cinema, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Gregory Colbert
Producer: Gregory Colbert
Genre: Documentary / Pure Cinema / Art House Film
Country: United States
Language: English / RU / IT / EN subtitles

Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals.

Ashes and Snow is an installation of photographic artworks, films, and a novel in letters that travels in the Nomadic Museum, a temporary structure built exclusively to house the exhibition. The work explores the shared poetic sensibilities of human beings and animals. The films are poetic narratives, rather than documentaries.

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TimeScapes (2012)

Posted in Cinéma Vérité, Cosmology, Documentary, Philosophy, Pure Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Tom Lowe
Producer: Tom Lowe
Genre: Documentary / World Cinema
Country: New Zealand
Language: English / None

TimeScapes is the debut film from award-winning cinematographer and director Tom Lowe. The film features stunning slow-motion and timelapse cinematography of the landscapes, people, and wildlife of the American South West. Lowe spent 2 years roaming the Southwest in his Toyota pickup truck shooting the film.

TimeScapes was shot, edited and color-graded at 4K resolution (4096 x 2304 pixels).

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Chronos (1985)

Posted in Abstract Film, Art House Film, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary, Philosophy, Pure Cinema, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

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

Chronos is 42 minutes long and has no actors or dialog. The soundtrack consists of a single continuous piece by composer Michael Stearns. Filmed in dozens of locations on five continents, the film relates to the concept of time passing on different scales – the bulk of the film covers the history of civilization, from pre-history to Egypt to Rome to Late Antiquity to the rise of Western Europe in the Middle Ages to the Renaissance to the modern era. It centers on European themes but not exclusively. Other time scales include the passing of seasons, and the passing of night and day, and the passing shadows of the sun in an afternoon to the passing of people on the street. These themes are intermingled with symbolic meaning.

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