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Manufactured Landscapes

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(No longer in theaters)
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  • Director: Jennifer Baichwal   Cast: Edward Burtynsky
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
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Genre

Documentary

Producer

Nick de Pencier, Daniel Iron

Distributor

Zeitgeist Films

Release Date

Jun 20, 2007

Release Notes

NY

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Review

The first set piece alone—a seemingly endless tracking shot of a huge Chinese factory—is reason enough to see this documentary, which traces the photographer Edward Burtynsky as he attempts to illustrate the vast scale of China’s expansion. The shots expand on Burtynsky’s work, capturing not just the physical scale but the physical sense of moving through these massive factories and landscapes in time. The documentary is weak on context and soft on Burtynsky’s method, yet it’s still an extraordinary visual record of change on an unprecedented scale.

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