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Manufactured Landscapes

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Canada · 2006
1h 30m
Director Jennifer Baichwal
Starring Edward Burtynsky
Genre Documentary

A striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris.

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The Hollywood Reporter by

The result is a highly unusual viewing experience that stimulates the senses and the conscience simultaneously.


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

Manufactured Landscapes may tell you more about how the 21st century world actually works than you really want to know, but it's a heartbreaking, beautiful, awful and awesome film.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Burtynsky's keen sense of color, pattern and composition are obvious from his work, but equally acute are his thoughts on how he as an artist as well as an inhabitant of the planet fits into the larger scheme of things.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

Jennifer Baichwal's gorgeous documentary Manufactured Landscapes amplifies the powerful work of Edward Burtynsky, a Canadian artist who specializes in large-scale photographs of terrain transformed by civilization into rivers and tides of industrial ugliness.


The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

What's left off the table is a meaningful examination of environmental artists' responsibility to the environment they depict, and the question of whether all truly great art leaves behind a little toxic waste of its own.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Burtynsky doesn't preach. He's content to let viewers make up their own minds from his eye-opening and eye-pleasing images.

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