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In Theaters: Put A 'Premium Rush' On 'Samsara' & 'The Revanant' Because You May 'Sleepwalk With Me' Through 'The Apparition' & 'Hit And Run'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 24, 2012 3:56 PM
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As another summer comes to a close, we can look back at all the fare this mega blockbuster season has brought us while finishing off with a few more popcorn flicks. Nothing so big as “The Expendables 2,” mind you, but still plenty of big name stars and CGI to look forward to this weekend. So with Labor Day just around the corner, take some time to bask in the last rays of August sun as you bike along the Hudson River or drive across the country in your convertible. Or, for those who’ve had enough UV rays for this year, board yourself up in a haunted house with a zombie or two. There’s plenty of fun to be had in this last summer go-round.

Ron Fricke & Mark Magidson Discuss Using Both 70mm & Digital In Their Gorgeous Experimental Doc 'Samsara'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • August 24, 2012 10:57 AM
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Cinematic poetry can be scoffed at, labeled pretentious, and thoroughly dismissed without a second thought. But somehow, Ron Fricke’s “Baraka,” a “non-verbal documentary” that uses time-lapse photography and impressionable ambulatory cinematography to chart the human race through more than twenty countries managed to move even those who hold the “art-film” label with serious vehemence. The film is one of a handful of documentaries that favor visual tone over language (with absolutely no interviews or narration), a small clique that includes Godfrey Reggio’s “Qatsi Trilogy” to Fricke’s own short-form “Chronos.” They don’t come around often -- and aside from researching and trekking all over the world, we can only assume they’re difficult to finance due to their nature -- but when they do, cinema-goers can be assured they’re in for something exceptionally unique.

Review: 'Samsara' Tells The Story Of Our World With Stunning Visuals & Spiritual Heft

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • August 22, 2012 10:56 AM
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Just what is a non-verbal documentary anyway? If you appreciated the silent visual storytelling of "The Artist" or the cinematic majesty of Terrence Malick's nature cinematography in "The Tree of Life," or, if you're a fan of the cult 1992 documentary "Baraka," you'll be a fan of "Samsara," the latest effort from that film's director, Ron Fricke. Using the Tibetan word for "the ever turning wheel of life" as its title, the film chronicles the birth, life, death, destruction and rebirth cycles that occur on our planet in ways big and small.
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Exclusive: Mesmerizing Clip From 'Samsara' Plus Win Tickets For NYC Screenings This Weekend

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 12:59 PM
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If you thought the summer season of big screen spectacle was over, guess again. While the major studios have all (mostly) unveiled their popcorn munching, effects driven blockbusters for the year, for those looking for something both to dazzle they eye and exercise the brain, the folks over at Oscilloscope Laboratories have one more must-see movie for cinephiles: Ron Fricke's "Samsara." And with the film set to start rolling out in limited release this weekend, we've got a couple of treats for you.
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Exclusive: Poster For 'Samsara' The Latest From 'Baraka' Director Ron Fricke

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2012 11:01 AM
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While this summer certainly isn't lacking in blockbuster-sized visual wonders -- Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" and Christopher Nolan's IMAX-scale "The Dark Knight Rises" among them -- one the most dazzling movies of them all will be coming from an unexpected place. Marking his first film in nearly two decades, "Baraka" filmmaker Ron Fricke returns with "Samsara" and it's one that demands to be seen on the big screen.
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Watch: Gorgeous Trailer For 'Samsara' From The Director Of 'Baraka,' Shot In 70mm

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2012 1:27 PM
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While the wonders of 3D and IMAX are currently the latest toys being embraced by filmmakers looking to immerse audiences in the worlds they conjure up for the big screen, some directors realize that beautifully composed images, presented in the best possible quality, can speak more volumes that the latest gadgets. Ron Fricke, the helmer behind the acclaimed short "Chronos" and the celebrated feature length "Baraka" (and an editor on "Koyaanisqatsi") knows more than anyone the power that a single frame can bring. And returning with his first feature film in two decades, he hasn't lost a beat.

Sundance Selects Says 'Gimme The Loot' For SXSW Winner; Wrekin Hill Finds 'The End Of Love' & Oscilloscope Reaches Enlightenment with 'Samsara'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 21, 2012 1:36 PM
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The SXSW Film Festival has shuttered its doors for another year, and now news reaches us that the winner of this year's Best Narrative Feature award has found a distributor, as did two other festival favorites from Park City and TIFF.

SBIFF Review: 'Samsara' Tells The Story Of Our World With Stunning Visuals & Spiritual Heft

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 8, 2012 2:02 PM
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Just what is a non-verbal documentary anyway? If you appreciated the silent visual storytelling of "The Artist" or the cinematic majesty of Terrence Malick's nature cinematography in "The Tree of Life," or, if you're a fan of the cult 1992 documentary "Baraka," you'll be a fan of the latest effort from that film's director Ron Fricke, "Samsara." Using the Tibetan word for "the ever turning wheel of life," as its title, the film chronicles the birth, life, death, destruction, and rebirth cycles that occur on our planet in ways big and small.
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SBIFF '12: 'Samsara' Producer Mark Magidson Talks Logistical Agony, Visual Ecstasy & Nuances of Non-Verbal Storytelling

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 7, 2012 2:58 PM
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"Samsara," the latest film from "Baraka" and "Chronos" filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson had its U.S. premiere last week at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (it previously screened at TIFF last year). The companion piece to 1992's "Baraka," which has since become a cult hit for its stunning visuals and philosophical, non-verbal storytelling, follows much in the same vein.

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