View Full Version : Baraka - the most beautiful film ever crafted?

11th Dec 2006, 21:39

If you haven't seen this get a copy and luxuriate in the most wonderful cinematography.

Whats the most beautiful film ever made? Anyone plug a better one?

11th Dec 2006, 23:19

(not the one with the Pikeys)

11th Dec 2006, 23:35
I liked this still:

12th Dec 2006, 01:48
Thanks for posting this. Have had the music only CD for 3 or 4 years and keep forgetting there's a film.
Have you seen Koyannisqatsi or Naqoyqatsi ?? Any comments on those?

Alas, US Public Radio used to have a scheduled program ( Hearts of Space ? )with lots of Michael Stearns work which has since departed.

12th Dec 2006, 08:52
Thanks Civis. I was hoping someone would reply who could recommend other productions of similar theme and quality. I confess haven't seen Koyannisqatsi or Naqoyqatsi but I've just been doing a quick internet search on them and I will certainly check them out.

You will love the film - some shots send tingles down your spine - there are plenty on Ebay that you can get for around £12 / U$25.

12th Dec 2006, 12:32
Not so fast (http://www.hos.com/)

you might also try Musical Starstreams (http://www.starstreams.com/)


12th Dec 2006, 19:26
C'mon you heathen! Ppruners fancy themselves smarter than most (albeit with insecurity issues).

Whilst you all have strong opinions about the politics of the world and existence in general - if this film (that I am shamelsessly plugging) has no impact upon you and worthies no comment then you are dead.

12th Dec 2006, 20:05
I love this film. It's difficult to explain how I feel about it but in the past I've been pretentious enough to describe is as my favourite film ever. Actually that's not pretentious because it's true. I'd advise anyone with any interest in the world in which we live to check it out. If you don't want to buy the DVD then it is currently available on newsgroups if you are that way inclined (alt.binaries.documentaries.french). Haven't watched it for a couple of years actually so this thread has inspired me to watch it again on my new big TV :)

Here's (http://imdb.com/title/tt0103767/) the IMDB link for anyone interested.

I bought the qatsi boxset hoping it would match up but was dissapointed. It's OK but Baraka is in another league, I think.

12th Dec 2006, 20:29
Hey look.. if you play the Flaming Lips latest (amazingly wonderful) album at the same time you get an effect akin to the Dark Side Of The Moon/Wizard of Oz thing....check it (http://www.atwarwithbaraka.com/)

Well of course I'm sceptical but I'll give it a go. Yeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeah.

12th Dec 2006, 20:37
Are you tripping Chocks?

12th Dec 2006, 20:41
Always DF.

19th Dec 2006, 15:10
Thanks so much for this thread. Mrs. C acquired Baraka for me and have seen it twice now ~ powerful, stunning and chilling.
One of my coworkers flew for the UN in past years in Cambodia and Africa
and was very moved ~ tales of Pol Pot. He said it's going to be a must see for his young daughter and I can't wait for my Uni kids to see it. Another staffer had toured Auzscwitz sp? and she recognized it right away ~ seemed a little somber.

AAARGH, thanks for the links mate.

19th Dec 2006, 15:13
Baraka - boring as bat's.
Unless you're settled in for a session as Mr Chocks is doing.
But that is all in one's youth...

19th Dec 2006, 16:30
Bah Humbug taildragger.

You clearly missed the subtle narrative that tells a story without words in immaculate images of unsurpassed quality.

(Though its possible I'd had too much mushroom tea at the time)

(And I've just realised my second paragraph makes me sound like a bit of a pratt)

20th Dec 2006, 00:43
Two other wonderful films:

1. Le Maître de Musique (The Music Teacher)

Beautiful operatic music that complements a somewhat melancholy atmosphere with sad yet triumphant end.

2. Himalaya

Another film with stunning music and cinematography. I'v rarely seen a film that conveys so much beauty & emotion with so few words.

Neither film would be as moving without their music.

20th Dec 2006, 13:54

Have you seen Koyannisqatsi or Naqoyqatsi ?? Any comments on those?

Also Powasquatsi, the second in the trilogy. Got the DVDs last Christmas. Stunning, start to finish.

Risking thread drift, other "best DVDs" acquired in the past year are "Name of the Rose" and "Cinema Paradiso".