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Manufactured Landscapes [Import]

Edward Burtynsky , Jennifer Baichwal    Unrated   DVD
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of an Oscar July 6 2007
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I teach several media studies courses at the post-secondary level and am currently developing one on the post-9/11 renaissance of the independent film documentary -- everything from the Michael Moore phenomenon, through the anti-Bush and anti-war films, to the works inspired by the inconvenient truths told by Al Gore. So I have studied a lot of films that pack a heavy punch. But *Manufactured Landscapes* is the most stunning one I’ve seen to date. The Yeatsian phrase “a terrible beauty” is hardly sufficient to describe it. It’s just a knockout.

For anyone with the curiosity to peek inside the Chinese machine that feeds Western shopaholism, this film is a must-see. It does not -- repeat NOT -- intercut its scenes of Chinese industrial landscapes and gargantuan factory interiors with scenes of equally gargantuan North American shopping malls and superstores. But those intercuts will nevertheless happen quite vividly inside the head of any half-thoughtful viewer of this film.

The film’s intention is to celebrate the photographic art of Ed Burtynsky -- and on that level, the film is itself a work of art-for-art’s-sake. But it is also profoundly political and moral, spiritual and informative. Any viewer unable to experience something like an intimate connection with these Chinese workers, whose spirit and energy inhabit every Walmart purchase in the kitchens and closets of North America, is a hopeless captive of politicians and pundits who elbow each other for face-time on American TV to play at the politics of fear.

The film is not exclusively about Chinese landscapes; for example, we get to see Bangladesh, where the giant carcases of oil tankers are disassembled for valuable scrap by teenagers and young men up to their necks in oily residue.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best documentaries ever! April 23 2007
I was really blown away by Jennifer Baichwal's newest film - Manufactured Landscapes. She was really able to shed light on famed photographer Ed Burtynsky and his endeavours. Only Peter Mettler (Gambligs, GOds and LSD) could shoot a film about Burtynsky - they both share a quirky yet calculated eye.The special features made this a film that you buy and not rent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome June 2 2009
Manufactured Landscapes I first saw this movie at a foreign film club and was mesmerized with it at that time. This is a mind boggling film. I will think twice every time I purchase something from China, in particular. The "mess" left behind the manufacturing of goods is a thing you have to see to believe.
Some of the poorest countries (Bangladesh) are trying to cope with our overindulgences. I had never thought about where ocean going ships go to "die" until seeing this. If you are thoughtful about where our world is heading - this film is a must see. The images are very disturbing and can be put on a par with all the global warming warnings that we hear about each day. Is it really worth a few dollars on each item that we buy to support the mindless destruction of our earth? I think not. If nothing else, this film has made me very aware of what I do in regards to what I purchase and how I dispose of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manufactured Landscapes April 15 2009
Manufactured Landscapes holds a terrible beauty from Burtynsky's camera eye. Each image and each location, devastating, yet beautiful is a testament to the photograpers work and a condemnation of the wilful destruction we humans employ in the name of commerce.
The DVD is not to be missed and should be reviewed repeatedly as you refer your friends to this work and to the problem of "superfund" sites abroad and around our endangered planet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Should See This Documentary Nov. 15 2011
Especially our youngsters who will be tomorrows leaders. Every elementary school teacher should be showing this documentary to their class and having a discussion on it. This is a great documentary. It's a real eye-opener about the true costs of the gadgets and gizmos that we use every day. It's also gives a lot of insight into the lives of everyday people in China. It's not slow at all in my opinion. It's amazing and it's kind of scary. It really makes you wonder what is going to happen to the world as more and more of the world's population begins to achieve the kind of lifestyle we live here in Canada and the US.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Anything that exposes Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky's socially important and
beautiful work to more people is worthwhile.

That said, for me the documentary itself, while very interesting and well made, simply
can not compete with the enormous power of Burtynsky's own images. Indeed the
best moments in the film are when we see the photos themselves.

While some of what we see of the photographer"s process is interesting, and there is
some provocative gentle implied questioning of the distance and lack of humanity in
Burtynsky"s photographs, I did not learn much more about the man and his work then
when I first happened upon his seeing his photos at a gallery, and then immediately
bought several books of his images.

A very solid documentary, but not as amazing one.

On the other hand, the extras, particularly the lengthy photo gallery where Brutynsky
himself talks in detail about many of his great images from the film is far more powerful
and interesting, and it's absolutely worth getting the DVD for that feature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quite fascinating
Published 4 months ago by William A. Bolduc
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great documentary.
Published 4 months ago by Peter G Nicol
5.0 out of 5 stars Manufacturing eye opener
Very informative and interesting. Was recommended by top portfolio manager in Canada
Published 4 months ago by John Brkich
5.0 out of 5 stars Manufactured Landscapes
So glad to have my own copy! Also gave a copy to my son who has a passion for photography, geography, and culture! This fits all three bills!
Published 10 months ago by Lynda G. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing documentary
Beautifully produced documentary through the eyes of a photographer who finds aesthetic beauty but also unconscionable exploitation and harm within these modern industrial... Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Fogel
4.0 out of 5 stars mindblowing view of the massive waste humankind has created
A great documentary which although at times a bit slow, still gives some incredible imagery into the world we have created as we strive to suck the earth dry of all its possible... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paul Arthorne
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking !
A must watch for everyone who favors consumerism !
Is there a way for us to be able to turn the clocks back to get back the natural landscapes again?
Published 18 months ago by Sachi
5.0 out of 5 stars Manufactured Landscapes is quite something
Manufactured Landscapes is a film that really got me thinking about the immense impact we are having on the natural landscapes around the planet. The fim is beautifully done... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Maryanne Pope
2.0 out of 5 stars Very politicized. Boring Commentary
After having watched this movie, I came to conclusion, that the author's goal was not to show industrial landscapes. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2010 by Jacob Nekrassov
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening, unbiased presentation
Excellent photography - great documentary - unbiased reporting - all combined to present our mamouth appetite for energy and where it is taking us.
Published on Jan. 11 2010 by Amazon Customer
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