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Godfrey Reggio, 2013
Draw your curtains and turn off the lights – this is a film that demands to be watched in darkness. Thirty years after his definitive Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio’s new film is an equally mesmeric triumph. An unforgettable opening close-up of a gorilla, its astonishingly mobile yet unflinching face radiating out of a pitch black backdrop, is followed by a sequence of human faces, staring, blinking, thinking at us for 90 minutes. Shot through with the odd dizzying shot of a tower block, and drawn together by Philip Glass’s magnetic score, this is cinema at its most contemplative.
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