Film “Samsara” at the Guild Cinema is a must seeOctober 21st, 2012 at 3:18 pm by michaelnewman under Face of Fox
Part of my excitement this weekend was being able to go the screening of the movie “Samsara” playing at the Guild Cinema til Monday. Upon watching the trailer (refer to my last post) I was immediately enthralled by the vivid imagery director and cinematographer Ron Fricke was able to capture.
“Samara” is a one of a kind sensory experience. A film with no words, just exquisite moving images accompanied with a heartfelt arrangement of musical tones matching the emotion of the scene. Director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson teamed up again to create Samsara after filming 100 locations in 25 countries over a five-year period. That is a serious commitment to a project, and the film itself is a reflection of the kind of passion and patience necessary for this piece of work. This movie comes after setting the tone with past award winning films such as Baraka(1992) and Koyaanisqatsi(1982), both gems in the medium.
“Samsara” is a Sanskrit word referring to “the ever turning wheel of life,” the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. And everything in between. And that was exactly what the film captured.
From the trailer, it was hard to capture exactly what the film is about; but it controls your attention in such a way that it makes you want to see more. So that I why I went to the Guild, to see all 100 minutes of it. And so did alot of other people…
I talked my friend Kief over at the Guild Cinema about why he decided to screen the film, and he said it was because these kind of movies dont get the representation it deserves. “And after seeing Baraka, I knew this was going to be good.” The Guild Cinema prides itself on providing eclectic cinema to Albuquerque 7 days a week, and supporting experimental films like Samsara, work in tandem with their mission.
And the turnout from Albuquerque film-goers was supportive as well. It was a packed house on Friday! Filled with people who heard the great reviews, but also with people who heard that the Principle Musical Composer was going to be in the house giving commentary on the film. Michael Stearns, A SANTE FE NATIVE, was the person who carefully manipulated all the music in the film; pushing and pulling on people’s emotions for almost 2 hours as the film told the interconnected story of the human race through images.
Here you see Mr. Stearns talking after the film, addressing the audiences questions about the process of creating so many beautiful musical textures. He explains that it was through trying things, and trial & error, that they were able to mesh the vivid imagery and musical tones so seamlessly.
My personal experience with the film was similar to a guided image meditation. Enveloping my attention so intensely that blinking and swallowing my own saliva was a troubled task. And the delicateness of the music was so in tune with what the viewer is feeling that you almost think its reading your mind. This film is on my top 10 most powerful films and I am highly suggesting you guys go see it if you have any time. Unfortuantely, it is only playing these next two nights, 5:45pm, 8:00pm, and 10:30pm showings. If you dont have anything going on tonight or want something to start off the week right, its just the right kinda movie to give you some perspective on the world.
Guild Cinema-3405 Central Avenue NE Albuquerque, NM – (505) 255-1848