Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation

Godfrey Reggio chose to use footage of the Serra Pelada mine in Brazil to open his second film, Powaqqatsi.

To quote Reggio, “Awesome beauty, terrible beauty, beauty of the beast.”

Click on the image below to see and also hear another perfect Philip Glass score.

| Godfrey Reggio, Powaqqatsi, 1988 |

The voice of Orson Welles is equally perfect in the excerpt below from the Adventure Film Production documentary. Click the still to see. What a voice.

| Goldlust, Adventure Film Productions, 1985 |

Godfrey Reggios used this Goldlust documentary footage for the Powaqqatsi sequence.

Philip Glass and Orson Welles creating two very different paintings of the notorious gold rush.

Julia Ritson

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