Friday, March 14, 2008
If you have Netflix, a good rental place, or a local library with a decent DVD collection, you should treat yourself to Ron Fricke's Chronos. It's a 40min. nonverbal time-lapse film, a kind of cinematographic opera in the tradition of Godfrey Reggio's Qatsi Trilogy -- Fricke was actually the cinematographer of the first film in that trilogy, Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance.
To say Chronos is beautiful would be a vulgar understatement. It is, to borrow a word from Shelley Duvall in Annie Hall, "Transplendent!"