Vivaldi's Music Video Powaqqatsi, And The Western Industrialized World?
Reggio’s film begins in the Emerging Countries. Upbeat music plays while masses of smiling faces appear, followed by women in unique, decorative green and red dresses celebrating and men shouldering bags larger than themselves: a hopeful, jubilant celebration of hard work, tradition, and nature. Quickly the scenes morph into images of the Industrialized World. Sameness scrolls across the screen as a whitewashed, endless building. The music speeds into a warlike beat as old commercials burn, overlapped with flames, which shifts again to a packed stadium, the individual people hardly differentiable, wearing standardized shirts and glum expressions while the fire of the Western countries’ industries consumes the individuality of the developing nations. The stark contrast of the similar stadium shirts with the women’s unique black, green, and red dress is mirrored by the tones of Vivaldi’s “Winter” juxtaposed with “Spring”. Traditionally, “The Four Seasons” begins with “Spring” and follows nature’s order; however, seasons are cyclical. The music