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Visually stunning trailer for Samsara, the first film to be shot entirely in 70mm

Jul. 27, 2012by: Paul Shirey

We throw around the term "visually stunning" quite a bit and oftentimes for films that don't quite fit the phrase, but every now and again there are some films that really live up to it.  SAMSARA, the new docu-drama from Ron Fricke is an amazing feast for your eyeballs, one that will likely leave you with a "wow" expression dripping from your face.  The film is labeled as a "non-narrative" film that explores "humanity's relationship to the eternal," according to Fricke, who also directed the similarly themed CHRONOS and BARAKA.

Get ready for eyegasms:

Here's a brief synopsis:

Filmed over a period of five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on 70mm film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

I'm not sure how I feel about a "non-narrative" film, but I've seen all of Terrance Malick's films and they come close, so there's no reason not to give this one a shot. 

SAMSARA opens in theaters on August 23, 2012.

Extra Tidbit: What do you think is the most "visually stunning" film? I can't pinpoint it to just one that stands above the rest, but a few that I think fit within that category are Requiem For A Dream, Dead Poet's Society, and Slumdog Millionaire, amongst many, many others.
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6:22AM on 08/01/2012

This is pure cinema

Malick? Pfft...

EXTRA TIDBIT: BARRY LYNDON
Malick? Pfft...

EXTRA TIDBIT: BARRY LYNDON
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11:13PM on 07/31/2012

If this is anything like Baraka...

...then it's time to break out the weed.

Looks awesome.
...then it's time to break out the weed.

Looks awesome.
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11:11PM on 07/31/2012

If this is anything like Baraka...

...then it's time to break out the weed.

Looks awesome.
...then it's time to break out the weed.

Looks awesome.
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10:34PM on 07/30/2012
BARAKA is one of the most amazing films I've ever seen. The idea of a sequel blows my freakin' mind.
BARAKA is one of the most amazing films I've ever seen. The idea of a sequel blows my freakin' mind.
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7:09PM on 07/29/2012

Extra Tidbit:

Sunshine, the fountain, the fall, sucker punch, tide land, anti christ, the lovely bones, mirrormask, deft agree with you on requiem for a dream, and slumdog. And many more...
Sunshine, the fountain, the fall, sucker punch, tide land, anti christ, the lovely bones, mirrormask, deft agree with you on requiem for a dream, and slumdog. And many more...
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6:54PM on 07/28/2012

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Another great non-narrative film that people should check out is 'Koyaanisqatsi.'

It's a test on endurance but I think it's still one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen to this day.

It was also shot by Ron Fricke way back in 1982. Truly an amazing cinematographer.
Another great non-narrative film that people should check out is 'Koyaanisqatsi.'

It's a test on endurance but I think it's still one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen to this day.

It was also shot by Ron Fricke way back in 1982. Truly an amazing cinematographer.
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5:30PM on 07/28/2012

can't wait

tidbit: Speed Racer
tidbit: Speed Racer
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3:41PM on 07/28/2012
Wow, lets drop the 70mm debate and talk about how awesome that looks! Can't wait.

Tidbit? The only additions I have that haven't been mentioned are A Clockwork Orange and Fantasia.
Wow, lets drop the 70mm debate and talk about how awesome that looks! Can't wait.

Tidbit? The only additions I have that haven't been mentioned are A Clockwork Orange and Fantasia.
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3:34PM on 07/28/2012

Incredible

This looks incredible. So since its 70mm does that mean it can only be seen in IMAX ??
This looks incredible. So since its 70mm does that mean it can only be seen in IMAX ??
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5:55AM on 07/28/2012
Loved Baraka! Totally looking forward to this.

extra tidbit: The Fountain
Loved Baraka! Totally looking forward to this.

extra tidbit: The Fountain
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1:55AM on 07/28/2012
Extra tidbit: Watchmen. To create something so strikingly similar to the original comic book is stunning.
Extra tidbit: Watchmen. To create something so strikingly similar to the original comic book is stunning.
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5:56AM on 07/28/2012
i agree! also, i dont get why Watchmen doesn't get more respect - i thought it was absolutely great
i agree! also, i dont get why Watchmen doesn't get more respect - i thought it was absolutely great
7:10AM on 07/28/2012
Same here, man. It's probably because the "change" in the climax. But other than that, Watchmen is one comic book movie that really respect its source material. And their Blu Ray is superb!
Same here, man. It's probably because the "change" in the climax. But other than that, Watchmen is one comic book movie that really respect its source material. And their Blu Ray is superb!
7:06PM on 07/29/2012
Ya dude watchmen is fuckin brilliant and is just like the graphic novel :) it's so bad ass Zack owns. really is an underrated director IDK why people even hated sucker punch, prob because it was so complex and no one understood the grand meaning of it.
Ya dude watchmen is fuckin brilliant and is just like the graphic novel :) it's so bad ass Zack owns. really is an underrated director IDK why people even hated sucker punch, prob because it was so complex and no one understood the grand meaning of it.
9:32PM on 07/27/2012
Extra Tidbit: Blade Runner,The Tree of Life, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountian, Antichrist.
Extra Tidbit: Blade Runner,The Tree of Life, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountian, Antichrist.
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9:14PM on 07/27/2012
Sooo this sounds and looks quite similar to Koyaanisqatsi. Therefore it bumped near the top of my Must See list.

EDIT: I just read that the director of this was the cinematographer on Koyaanisqatsi. So that explains the similarity...
Sooo this sounds and looks quite similar to Koyaanisqatsi. Therefore it bumped near the top of my Must See list.

EDIT: I just read that the director of this was the cinematographer on Koyaanisqatsi. So that explains the similarity...
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7:57PM on 07/27/2012
Love the fact that the articles headline is talking about 70mm, which I have no idea what means.. but luckily, when I read the article, there was absolute no explanation of what that means! Awesome! What?!
Love the fact that the articles headline is talking about 70mm, which I have no idea what means.. but luckily, when I read the article, there was absolute no explanation of what that means! Awesome! What?!
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9:28PM on 07/27/2012
Dude, chill out. It's fairly common knowledge, kinda like 3D, but if you don't know what it means then just ask. No big deal.

Film stock comes in different sizes, the most common of which are 8mm (an affordable size that many director's used as children), 16mm (Chris Nolan's first feature 'Following' was shot on 16mm), and 35mm, which is the industry standard. 70mm is the IMAX format, and double the standard size. Some scenes form the fourth Mission Impossible were shot on 70mm, and Chris
Dude, chill out. It's fairly common knowledge, kinda like 3D, but if you don't know what it means then just ask. No big deal.

Film stock comes in different sizes, the most common of which are 8mm (an affordable size that many director's used as children), 16mm (Chris Nolan's first feature 'Following' was shot on 16mm), and 35mm, which is the industry standard. 70mm is the IMAX format, and double the standard size. Some scenes form the fourth Mission Impossible were shot on 70mm, and Chris Nolan uses it increasingly in his films. It's visually gorgeous, but has its own set of difficulties. The equipment required to film on 70mm is bulky and also very loud, so any dialogue scenes shot on 70mm almost DEFINITELY will require AVR. So the notion of an entire film on 70mm is an exciting prospect indeed.

Hope that helps.
2:18PM on 07/28/2012
IMAX is not the same as conventional 70mm. The IMAX frame size is a horizontal version of 70mm that gives an even larger frame than the traditional 70mm format. IMAX cameras are quite a bit larger than other cinematic cameras.
IMAX is not the same as conventional 70mm. The IMAX frame size is a horizontal version of 70mm that gives an even larger frame than the traditional 70mm format. IMAX cameras are quite a bit larger than other cinematic cameras.
7:52PM on 07/27/2012
"the first film to be shot entirely in 70mm"
I'm confused. How is this the first. Lawrence Of Arabia, West Side Story 2001: ASO etc. were all shot in 70mm. In fact, after a quick google search, all I can find is that this is the first movie in the past DECADE that has been shot in the format, which is fair enough I suppose. I think the last 70mm film was Hamlet from 1996.
But, PTA's The Master will also be shot the same way so again, there's nothing particularly special about this being
"the first film to be shot entirely in 70mm"
I'm confused. How is this the first. Lawrence Of Arabia, West Side Story 2001: ASO etc. were all shot in 70mm. In fact, after a quick google search, all I can find is that this is the first movie in the past DECADE that has been shot in the format, which is fair enough I suppose. I think the last 70mm film was Hamlet from 1996.
But, PTA's The Master will also be shot the same way so again, there's nothing particularly special about this being 70mm. Although, the more films shot on 70mm, the better.
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7:14PM on 07/27/2012

@ Tidbit

Lawrence of Arabia, The Fountain, and Vertigo are my picks. And Koyaanisqatsi of course - which if you can't sit through that, Samsara looks like it might be a bad fit.
Lawrence of Arabia, The Fountain, and Vertigo are my picks. And Koyaanisqatsi of course - which if you can't sit through that, Samsara looks like it might be a bad fit.
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6:52PM on 07/27/2012

WOW

WOW that was amazing. Seems of this will be this years life as is. Or w/e the name of that film that came out was. I love stuff like this.
WOW that was amazing. Seems of this will be this years life as is. Or w/e the name of that film that came out was. I love stuff like this.
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6:37PM on 07/27/2012

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I love Dead Poet's Society and its a good looking film, but I wouldn't call it any more visualy stunning than any other well made drama. You want to see a truly sensational looking film, go watch The Fall.
I love Dead Poet's Society and its a good looking film, but I wouldn't call it any more visualy stunning than any other well made drama. You want to see a truly sensational looking film, go watch The Fall.
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6:44PM on 07/27/2012
The Fall (or any Tarsem movie for that matter) is visually stunning, but I'd argue for DPS any day of the week. Nearly every shot was framed to fit not only the atmosphere of the film, but the meaning behind it as well. Pay close attention and you'll see what I mean. To me, that's visually stunning. That kind of attention to detail isn't seen in every well-made drama.
The Fall (or any Tarsem movie for that matter) is visually stunning, but I'd argue for DPS any day of the week. Nearly every shot was framed to fit not only the atmosphere of the film, but the meaning behind it as well. Pay close attention and you'll see what I mean. To me, that's visually stunning. That kind of attention to detail isn't seen in every well-made drama.
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6:29PM on 07/27/2012

Extra Tidbit

New Example: Avatar (not the 3D, not the CGI but the art direction)
Old Example: Lawrence of Arabia
New Example: Avatar (not the 3D, not the CGI but the art direction)
Old Example: Lawrence of Arabia
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5:45PM on 07/27/2012

Looks amazing.....

Wish it explained a little more what its about though...I'd still probably see it. especially in IMAX...
Wish it explained a little more what its about though...I'd still probably see it. especially in IMAX...
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