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Ruminations on Nature and the Modern World
List creator: ladawna
Created on: June 28, 2003 - 11:14 AM PDT
Description: Excellent movies that tackle the connection - and disconnect - between the natural and the man-made

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Fitzcarraldo (1982)
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  Directed by Werner Herzog who actually DID move a boat over a mountain in the rainforest in order to film this movie about a man doing the same. Ice as a gift in the jungle, Opera on the Amazon, and Klaus Kinski as the man who tries to control nature.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
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  An earlier Werner Herzog film, this one about Spanish conquistadors looking for El Dorado. Fantastic visions of men wearing metal while rafting through the jungle. Shot in a documentary type style that pulls you in. Herzog's first work with Klaus Kinski.
Walkabout (Criterion) (1971)
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  A masterpiece that juxtaposes the Aborigine and European cultures of Australia. On one hand an open-eyed love letter to the natural world - on the other an unsettling rumination on the tragic bounds of any environment or culture.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Criterion Collection) (1975)
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  A mysterious, haunting film that explores the effects of civilized repression when a group of girls wearing corsets go for a picnic in the Australian wilderness, and some of them never return.
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
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  A true independent filmmaker, John Sayles has created a film that feels like a wonderful, magical bedtime story. A young girl discovers that her family history, and perhaps their future, is VERY closely tied to the sea.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
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  Starring The Desert as a main character.
Fast, Cheap, & Out of Control (1997)
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  A documentary about 4 different men: a robotics engineer, a lion tamer, a topiary gardener, and a biologist who studies naked mole rats. Fascinating, charming, insighful reminder that life is, indeed, a bit out of control.
The Qatsi Trilogy (Criterion) (Disc 1 of 3): Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance (1982)
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Not Rated
  This one is for you to watch, not for me to talk about.

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