Manufactured Landscapes (2006)

JENNIFER BAICHWAL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

Canada, 2006.  Foundry Films, National Film Board of Canada.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Jennifer Baichwal, , .  Music by .  Film Editing by .  

Acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky takes his crew to China where he observes the effect that mass industry has had on the physical landscape there. This mesmerizing documentary gives some breathtaking glimpses at mammoth factories and giant mine fields while also providing examples of Burtynsky’s eventual records of the locations. Interwoven with this are samples of his past work photographing industrial landscapes in other places of the world. Slow and methodical, this film has a quiet atmosphere that creeps into you in ways that mirror the effects of films like Koyaanisqatsi or its sequels: a terrifying look at a world being perverted by mass consumption and greed. Highly evocative and informative, and impressively effective without the traditional omniscient narration.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2006

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