Presented by Salon member Dan Handley
Thursday, November 1
Films will include Duck and Cover and excerpts from Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance. Each is an important classic and has been very influential in its own way among filmmakers.
Almost sixty years old, Duck and Cover also has an eerie relevance to the current political climate of cultivating and maintaining fear. From Wikipedia: Duck and Cover was a Social guidance film produced in 1951 by the United States federal government's Civil Defense branch shortly after the Soviet Union began nuclear testing. Written by Raymond J. Mauer and directed by Anthony Rizzo of Archer Productions and made with the help of schoolchildren from New York City and Astoria, New York, it was shown in schools as the cornerstone of the government's "duck and cover" public awareness campaign. The movie states that nuclear war could happen at any time without warning, and for U.S. citizens to keep this constantly in mind and be ever ready.
Duck and Cover (1952) 9 min.
Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance is a 1982 film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by minimalist composer Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke. The film consists primarily of slow motion and time-lapse photography of cities and natural landscapes across the United States. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music. In the Hopi language,
the word Koyaanisqatsi means 'life of moral corruption and turmoil, life out of balance', and the film implies that modern humanity is living in such a way.
Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance (1982) 86 min. (excerpts)