Director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson's magnificent follow-up to BARAKA
2011, USA, 102 minutes, 35mm, Oscilloscope
Directed by Ron Fricke
Written by Ron Fricke, Mark Magidson
Produced by Mark Magidson
Tue/Wed/Thu: 9:40 pm
Synopsis from Oscilloscope Laboratories:
Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. SAMSARA reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award-winning films BARAKA and CHRONOS were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry. SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means "the ever turning wheel of life" and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.
Expanding on the themes they developed in BARAKA (1992) and CHRONOS (1985), SAMSARA explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man's spirituality and the human experience. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, SAMSARA takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation. Through powerful images, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.
The filmmakers approach non verbal filmmaking with an understanding that it must live up to the standard of great still photography, revealing the essence of a subject, not just its physical presence. SAMSARA was photographed entirely in 70mm film utilizing both standard frame rates and with a motion control time-lapse camera designed specifically for this project. This camera system allows perspective shifts to reveal extraordinary views of ordinary scenes. The images were then transferred through the highest resolution scanning process available to the new 4K digital projection format that allows for mesmerizing images of unprecedented clarity. SAMSARA will be a showpiece for the new, high-resolution 4K digital projection, the HD format, as well as standard digital and film projection.
Please note: for these screenings, the film will be presented in 35mm.
Critical acclaim for SAMSURA:
"Sumptuous, thoughtful and profoundly gorgeous. One of the most immersive things the screen has shown us in years."
-Shawn Levy, The Oregonian
**** (Four Stars) "Magnificent. Noble. Uplifting"
-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
"SAMSARA is, without a question, the most visually intoxicating film of year. Paints an astounding portrait of human existence."
-Matthew Singer, Willamette Weekly
"The film's imagery is epic and trance-inducing."
-Mark Holcomb, SF Weekly
"The film is a stunning, almost intoxicating visual experience"
-Suzanne Bryant, LA Yoga
"The result after watching, is that "continuous flow" feeling, palpable and present in the world outside the theater, for hours after the credits rolled...the Samsara experience is intoxicating"
-Alexandra Marie Daniels, The Women's International Perspective
"Transcendental...masterful... one of the most breathtaking cinematic experiences this year."
-Raffi Asdourian, The Film Stage
"An unparalleled sensory experience."
-Rama Tampubolon, Rama's Screen
"8/10. Quite terrific...Samsara is such a spectacle that one can't help but cheer it along for showing such determination. There's no way to watch this and not think 'wow.' "
-Jordan Hoffman, Screen Crush
"The 70mm documentary 'Samsara' is a gorgeous, spiritually rich experience to let wash over you"
-Thompson on Hollywood
"Awe-inspiring... a particularly pure type of cinematic experience"
-Alison Willmore, AV Club
"Samsara is...a transfixing journey...the parade of breathtaking images...is an immersive, sensory treat."
-Ingrid Skjong, Departures
"Fricke and Magidson, who shot on 70mm film, have found some extraordinary beauty"
-Elizabeth Weitzman, NY Daily News
"A wonderful wordless break from modern media"
-Andrew Howley, National Geographic
"Gorgeous beyond belief"
-James Van Maanen, Trustmovies.com
"The year's best movie to see in a theater...the visual splendor of this wordless and storyless documentary is so brilliantly extraordinary that it must be experienced on the big screen."
=Christopher Campbell, movies.com
-David Fear, Time Out New York
"Prepare to be mesmerized by the masterful super hi-definition cinematography, editing and music"
-Rick Theis, ecohearth.com
"A hypnotic and haunting experience... enlightening and life-changing"
-Edward Douglas, Comingsoon.net
-Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
"A poetic panorama. Beautiful and brazen, you'll want to be whisked away by seeing and hearing SAMSARA on the biggest screen nearest you."
-Elliot Kotek, Beyond Cinema
"A remarkable cinematic achievement"
-Mike Harvkey, Nylon
"Samsara is profoundly gorgeous stuff that should pack theaters as it hops across the country"
-David Ehrlich, Box Office.com
"Enthralling. A visual master work."
Frederic and Mary Anne Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"An absolutely stunning and beautiful film!"
Carrie Keagan, VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live
"Awesome, gorgeous, and spellbinding."
Stephen Schaefer, Boston Herald
"Beautiful, haunting, and mystical."
Barry Rubinow, Documentary Channel
"Bewilderingly powerful. SAMSARA is pure cinema."
Alex Billington, First Showing
"Easily one of the highlights of my moviegoing experiences. You get what you liked from BARAKA, but bigger and better."
-Andy Howell, Aint It Cool News
"Quintessential cinematic experience"
-Matt Stoffel, Kodak
-Farran Smith Nehme, NY Post
"Stunning. Unlike anything you will ever see. Visually breathtaking. A truly special cinematic experience."
-Katie Walsh, Indiewire
"Fricke and Magidson are a literal dream team...they have created a cinematic work of art that is unrivaled in its genre and likely will remain so for a long time (or at least until their next film)"
-Gabrielle Lipton, Paste Magazine
"I wish there were more movies like it...it has few equals"
-Matt Zoller Seitz, Press Play
-John Anderson, Wall Street Journal
"Dazzling...a spectacular non-narrative global voyage, Samsara offers some of the most rapturous images in recent cinema...you'll be moved, amazed, mystified"
-Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
"One of the best films of 2012... Samsara is...a profound spiritual experience."
Frederic and Mary Anne Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Watching Samsara Is Like Traveling the Globe, Visiting the World's Greatest Museum, and Having an Acid Trip All at the Same Time"
-David Schmader, The Stranger
"Grand and Vibrant"
-A.O. Scott, NY Times
"Samsara is ... a profound spiritual experience."
-Spirituality and Practice
"Awesome, gorgeous and disturbing, this global survey is ultimately spellbinding. Definitely, not to be missed!"
"The stunning new trailer for Samsara offers a tantalizing peek at the dozens of exotic locations visited by the filmmakers in their quest to capture the 'ever turning wheel of life' on Earth."
New Beverly Cinema (View)
7165 W. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036