Manufactured Landscapes

Manufactured Landscapes

Edward Burtynsky

DVD - 2007
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Follows photographer Edward Burtynsky as he travels through China photographing the effects of that country's massive industrial revolution.
Publisher: New York : Zeitgeist Films, 2007
Branch Call Number: DVD 304.2 Manufact
304.2 Manufact
779.092 M294
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Edward Burtynsky [DVD]

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1aa
Sep 26, 2018

The images are fascinating, mesmerizing... I should really consider trying to buy a copy of some of its pictures (or just posters, prints from professional photographers can be very expensive). The narration is downright awful; indeed, most of what he talks about is himself. The film is deeply flawed by incursions of showing some difficulties with authorities that the photographer and filmmaker suffered whilst making the photos and the film.

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bearslapper
May 13, 2016

Almost nobody in North America can reasonably complain about their lot in life. Having lived in the third world as a white child i was already aware of this but the reminder is necessary and appreciated. Show this to your children!!! Next time they may think twice about begging for a new phone or game system or TV.

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hagrid46
May 04, 2016

An essential primer for all consumers of goods of any kind. This film takes us from resource extraction, to manufacturing of goods, to shipping them, to recycling the waste and dismantling the ships. There are no political comments, the potent graphics of how we humans have changed the landscape and social justice of our world makes its own statement.

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poolman
Oct 27, 2013

We are so insulated/isolated! This film exposes how most of the world lives while concentrating on China. We see how they work so that we can live as we do and it does it in a non-censorious way. The first 7 min blew my mind! Even the still photography is evocative. Watch this film not necessarily from an activist point of view but just as a riveting dose of reality. Wonderful stuff.

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borges88Laberinto
Jul 25, 2011

A disturbing film, chronicling the wasteland that is sometimes the result of industrial and digital activity. Better, and more honest, than Al Gore's famous doc.

AnneDromeda Nov 15, 2010

I'm not sure this film says anything that hasn't said before, but it does say it beautifully. It puts forth its warning about large-scale industrialization and consumerism in a series of gorgeously composed still and moving images. In some cases, I felt like the images were so utterly complete that the commentary was superfluous. Indeed, by the end of the movie I was fairly glad Mr Burtynsky followed his photographer calling and didn't do a sideline into radio punditry or something. The movie isn't without its flaws, but if you've enjoyed wordless or near-wordless documentaries like *Baraka* or *Winged Migration,* chances are you'll enjoy this movie for many of the same reasons.

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SurreySemiahmoo
Sep 19, 2014

"We come from the nature and we have to understand what it is, because we are conected to it and we are part of it. (...) And if we destroy nature we destroy ourselves"
Edward Burtynsky

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