Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Briefly, this is a totally engrossing visual experience.  Not a word spoken for the entire length of the movie--though the sound track is as compelling as the images.  Samsara, is a film by Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, who previously collaborated on Baraka--which I must now see.  "Samsara", as its title suggests, takes us on a global journey through the entire cycle of life, from birth to death.  Without commentary and with impeccable, balletic choreography, it confronts us with the spectacle of both human and natural creation and destruction, inviting us, toward the end, to consider our role in the despoiling of the planet that is given us to live on.  It is, above all, a film of compelling, sometimes terrible beauty.

I hope this is enough to encourage a handful of you to find the film and watch it.  I promise, it will be worth your time.  And now, back to that novel that I'm working on...

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