“Koyaanisqatsi” is a Hopi word meaning “Life Out of Balance,” which is both the subtitle and the theme of this intriguing documentary. Godfrey Reggio has woven a hypnotic tapestry of time-lapse photography and Philip Glass’ trademark minimalist soundtrack, which drones the title every chance it gets. The viewer needs no voiceover to get the point: man is an animal spinning out of control and taking the planet with him. The film is not for all tastes, but it is certainly an unforgettable cinematic experience.
“‘Koyaanisqatsi’ is an impressive visual and listening experience.” (Roger Ebert)
Monday, September 2
Doors 5:30 pm | Movie 6:00 pm
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door
*Minors permitted in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
KOYAANISQATSI (Godfrey Reggio, 1982 / 86 mins / G) Drawing its title from the Hopi word meaning “life out of balance,” this renowned documentary reveals how humanity has grown apart from nature. Featuring extensive footage of natural landscapes and elemental forces, the film gives way to many scenes of modern civilization and technology. Given its lack of narration and dialogue, the production makes its points solely through imagery and music, with many scenes either slowed down or sped up for dramatic effect.