Plato's Cave. Formal parallels with film. Starts in darkness, emerges into light, returns to darkness. Like a frame in a film in a projector, people travel the loop. Like a lens, the glass car frames the world as it moves past the fixed point. Like a camera their glass car moves through the world. Light and cars enter the wheelhouse, and are projected out again. The sound of the camera, the sound of a projector.
Interesting, cinematic people watching. I got some insights into life in Nepal. The shots of the landscape and people were naturally beautiful and colorful. But at the same time, there were some very boring parts. And can we credit the people who made this with being filmmakers, or are they just video editors benefitting from particularly good subjects?
Another wonderful creation from Harvard's lab. They're truly on the path to pioneer new directions in cinema. I was shocked to agree that this film is funny, in fact more humorous than most comedies these days in its quiet observation of people. The only fault is the repetition of the couple at the end. It's inconsistent and breaks the beauty of the film.
A profound observation, literally, exploring mundane human interaction as well as the evolution of Nepalese society captured inside a single cable car. Despite the insulation an amazing freedom seems to exists as natural, diverse and genuine human interactions are displayed. A mostly traditional society seems to firmly exist, but cracks of change are emerging in young and old. Unexpectedly excellent.
Latest from the Sensory Ethnography Laboratory finds us in the Gorkha valley of Nepal with a camera fixed on a cable car that leads up to the Manakamana temple. Through a series of fixed camera shots we meet the riders. Some ride in quiet reflection, others with nervous chatter or apprehension and others just want an ice cream. Not profound but poignant with a rich blend of humanity and staggering nature.
A wonderful viewing experience, and an exploration into human behavior. I love this film because it does not aim to speak as an all-encompassing portrait and it does not pretend to be anything more than what is displayed on screen. The goat and ice cream scenes were my favorite.
A un par de directores se les olvidó su cámara encendida en una góndola y de ahí nació esta película. Por favor...el que los haya producido el dúo Castaing-Taylor & Paravel no acerca este filme a su cine. "Manakamana" es totalmente objetivo, un montaje forzado al componer personajes variados que coinciden en una ceremonia del cual no se expone. Se entiende una transcendencia, pero ¡¿qué más?!
A playful and contemplative glimpse into culture and human behavior. There’s an obvious and effective structural simplicity to the film’s design and it’s a pattern that begins to expand in significance from its repetition. While not as brilliant as Sweetgrass and Leviathan, its pleasures are smaller and more intimate. http://filmcapsule.com/2014/09/17/manakamana-2014/