A film by Jennifer Baichwal
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From the director of Act of God and Let it Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles
Manufactured Landscapes is the striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste.
In the spirit of such environmentally enlightening hits as An Inconvenient Truth and Rivers and Tides, Manufactured Landscapes powerfully shifts our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it, without simplistic judgments or reductive resolutions.
- Gorgeous 16:9 anamorphic transfer, enhanced for widescreen TVs
- Additional scenes, with audio commentary by director Jennifer Baichwal
- Al Gore and Baichwal at the Nashville Film Festival
- Edward Burtynsky photo gallery, with audio commentary by the artist
- Video discussion with Baichwal and Burtynsky
- Video interview with cinematographer/collaborator Peter Mettler
- U.S. theatrical trailer
- Dolby Digital 5.1 feature soundtrack
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
2006 | 90 minutes | Canada | Color | In English | 1.85:1 original aspect ratio
If you are interested in films about contemporary photographers, see also Bill Cunningham New York, Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project and What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann
See also Jennifer Baichwal's Let it Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles
We can ship within USA only. Manufactured Landscapes is available in Canada from Mongrel Media.