Picks and Pans Review: Great Performances: Koyaanisqatsi

UPDATED 03/04/1985 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/04/1985 at 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Friday, March 1, 9 p.m. ET)

Here's the weirdest movie ever made, one without actors or a plot or a script. It is, instead, an illustrated performance of composer Philip Glass' militantly modern score with filmed images of canyons, A-bombs, malls, freeways, video games and Vegas. It seems, at first, to be just too chic for its own good. But then, if you let it, Koyaanisqatsi can hypnotize. The 1983 film's opening scenes of nature's majesty suffer when shrunk for the small screen. But there is one very good reason to watch Koyaanisqatsi: to learn how to pronounce the title.

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