Koyaanisqatsi (1983)

Life out of balance

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 1983-04-27
  • User Rating: 7.8/10 from 629 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 26min
  • Language: No Language
  • Production Company: IRE Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Godfrey Reggio
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Takes us to locations all around the US and shows us the heavy toll that modern technology is having on humans and the earth. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and the exceptional music by Philip Glass.

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Directing Godfrey Reggio Director
Sound Philip Glass Original Music Composer
Production Godfrey Reggio Producer
Camera Ron Fricke Director of Photography
Writing Ron Fricke Screenplay
Production Francis Ford Coppola Executive Producer
Editing Ron Fricke Editor
Writing Godfrey Reggio Screenplay
Writing Michael Hoenig Screenplay
Writing Alton Walpole Screenplay
Sound Randy Thom Sound Effects
Editing Alton Walpole Editor
Sound Philip Glass Music
Editing Gary Burritt Negative Cutter
Sound Steve Maslow Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Writing Jacques Ellul Idea
Writing Ivan Illich Idea
Writing David Monongye Idea
Writing Guy Debord Idea
Writing Leopold Kohr Idea
Production Mel Lawrence Associate Producer
Production Roger McNew Associate Producer
Production T. Michael Powers Associate Producer
Production Lawrence Taub Associate Producer
Production Alton Walpole Associate Producer
Camera Dean Alatzas Grip
Camera Neil Bockman Assistant Camera
Camera David Brownlow Assistant Camera
Camera Phillip Harrington Still Photographer
Camera Hillary Harris Additional Photography
Camera Roy Hememnez Grip
Camera Robert Hill Assistant Camera
Camera Karl Kernberger Still Photographer
Camera Wayne V. McGee Still Photographer
Camera Roger McNew Assistant Camera
Camera Mark Muich Grip
Camera Robert Palmer Grip
Camera Louie Schwartzberg Additional Photography
Camera Christine Gibson Additional Photography