This must be one of the most awesome experiences I've had in quite a while. Such beautiful symbiosis between Glass's music and Fricke's photography; storytelling without a single word spoken or written! This is truly virtuoso cinema. When NASA decides to send out a follow-up to their Golden Record they shouldn't forgot to include this film as an experiential document of what planet Earth and humans are all about.
A touchstone of the strictly non-theatrical cinema canon, perhaps only comparable to "Man with a movie camera". Radically superior to any other Reggio film, perhaps because this one feels more like a fortunate accident and less as an articulated discourse. A true work of art.
Some niggles, but my prejudices stand corrected: This is nothing like the overblown "National Geographic" special BARAKA (directed by Reggio's DP, Fricke). Rather, a wary, captivating post-globalization, -Antonioni, -Benning, and -Debord (the latter credited!!) update on the "city symphony." Neither the bounty of technique, nor the sacred-leaning Glass music, nor the Hopi-derived didacticism go amiss toward this aim.