An unorthodox work in every way, Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi was nevertheless a sensation when it was released in 1983. The film wordlessly surveys the rapidly changing environments of the northern hemisphere. The director, cinematographer Ron Fricke, and composer Philip Glass created an astonishing collage; the film shuttles the viewer from one jaw-dropping vision to the next, moving from images of untouched nature to others depicting human beings' increasing reliance on technology. Often using hypnotic time-lapse photography, Koyaanisqatsi looks at our world from an angle unlike any other.
Essence of Life, an interview program with Reggio and composer Philip Glass on Koyaanisqatsi
New interview with cinematographer Ron Fricke about Koyaanisqatsi
Early forty-minute demo version of Koyaanisqatsi with a scratch soundtrack by Allen Ginsberg, along with a new introduction by Reggio
New interview with Reggio about Koyaanisqatsi's original visual concept, with behind-the-scenes footage
Television spots and an interview with Reggio relating to his 1970s multimedia privacy campaign in New Mexico