Film Series : Oscilloscope at Ten

Samsara

2011, Ron Fricke, USA, 102 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 2nd 8:15pm
  • Thu, Feb 8th 6:00pm

★★★★ “A film composed of powerful images, most magnificent, some shocking...it is the kind of experience you simply sink into.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Grand and vibrant...The structure is like that of a poem or sonata, a complex tissue of rhymes and motifs.” — A.O. Scott, The New York Times

SAMSARA is an immersive sound-and-image experience in the vein of BARAKA, which Ron Fricke directed, and KOYAANISQATSI, which he photographed. The title comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “the ever-turning wheel of life,” and the film whirls us through a torrent of stunning images, beginning and ending with an intricate sand mandala fashioned by Tibetan monks. In between, we get garbage-pickers in Brazil, mist-shrouded temples in Burma, post-Katrina wreckage in New Orleans, swirling pilgrims in Mecca, transvestite dancers in Thailand, majestic waterfalls in Angola, and much, much more. Although its patterns are suggestive and free-associational, they are far from random, artfully building a thought-provoking mosaic of contrasts and correspondences that evoke the manifold possibilities of life on earth, from the most troubling to the most transcendent. 35mm widescreen. (MR)

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