“..All movies, or nearly all, tell stories through the juxtaposition of images and the relationships between them.
That’s the nature of the medium, so I suppose a film like Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson’s “Samsara” – which has no dialogue and no narrative in the ordinary sense – is just an extreme or pure version of the form.
“Samsara” is a ridiculously ambitious cinematic experiment-
- a poetic and impressionistic visual essay shot entirely on 70mm film under exceptionally difficult conditions in dozens of locations scattered across five continents. -
-(With a memorable and subtle musical soundtrack variously composed by Marcello De Francisci, Lisa Gerrard and Michael Stearns.)
It demands to be experienced on its own terms or not at all – which creates a significant level of resistance in the contemporary media marketplace –
- but may also be a source of counterintuitive appeal…”
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