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Manufactured Landscapes
     
  Release Date: 06/20/07

Starring: Edward Burtynsky

Director: Jennifer Baichwal

Rating: (NR)
 
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Genre
  Documentary
   
  Running Time
  90 min
   
  Distributor
  Zeitgeist Films
   
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NEW YORK VIEW
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.

CINEMASOURCE SYNOPSIS
Jennifer Baichwal follows the much acclaimed Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky while he travels the globe shooting landscapes transformed through commercial recycling, manufacturing and industrial production. The film not only captures the astonishing transformations in the landscape but also examines the social repercussions of these changes.