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Manufactured Landscapes DVD

aka Paysages fabriques, Jennifer Baichwal, 2006

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Directed by Jennifer Baichwal

Produced in 2006

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - Canadian Film

MovieMail's Review

This is a documentary with dual subjects. Nominally a portrait of the Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky (and sharing its title with his book of the same name), Baichwal’s film is also about the subjects of his large-scale photographs – “the new landscapes of our time”; places where industrial activities scar and poison the earth, where raw materials from these sites are assembled into consumer goods of every description, and the places where the concomitant human detritus of every description is dumped and sometimes sorted for re-use. The photographs he produces – landscapes turned surreal through mining residues, ships being broken in Bangladesh, computer waste that resembles autumn leaves – reveal the paucity of our language for describing such troubling beauty.
The film doesn’t preach. Instead, it shows the world, says “this is how it is”, and leaves us to think – hard – about the networks and goods that allow us to be who we are.

Graeme Hobbs on 10th September 2008
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Film Description

Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky addresses the vast project of modern civilization and its devastating impact on the earth. Scenes such as immense Chinese dumping grounds, Bangladeshi shipyards, and manufacturing plants stretch across and beyond the frame. A visually stunning exploration of the human impact on planet Earth.

DVD Details

Certificate: U

Publisher: BFI

Length: 83 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic widescreen

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 22nd September 2008

Cat No: BFIVD782

DVD Extras

  • Discussion with Edward Burtynsky and Jennifer Baichwal
  • Jennifer Baichwal talk at the BFI Southbank (May 2008)
  • Interview with cinematographer Peter Mettler
  • Stills gallery with commentary by Edward Burtynsky
  • Additional scenes with director's commentary Illustrated booklet with essays and biographies.

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