Edward Burtynsky
Lisa Schwarzbaum
June 29, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Manufactured Landscapes

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/20/07
director
Jennifer Baichwal
distributor
Zeitgeist Films
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A

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. As Burtynsky trains his contemplative eye on seismic economic changes in China — distilled in the country’s epic Three Gorges Dam project — Baichwal makes those still pictures come alive. The opening tracking shot through a Chinese factory where 23,000 employees make most of the world’s irons is a stunner. A

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