Manufactured Landscapes

Manufactured Landscapes
Manufactured Landscapes
Directed by Jennifer Baichwal
Produced by Nick de Pencier
Daniel Iron
Jennifer Baichwal
Starring Edward Burtynsky
Music by Dan Driscoll
Cinematography Peter Mettler
Editing by Roland Schlimme
Release date(s) 9 September 2006 (2006-09-09) (Toronto International Film Festival)
Running time 90 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Manufactured Landscapes is a 2006 documentary film about the work of photographer Edward Burtynsky. It was directed by Jennifer Baichwal and is distributed by Zeitgeist Films.


Subject matter

Many of Burtynsky's photographs feature landscapes of areas transformed by human activity.


Critical reception

As of August 19, 2007, the film had an average score of 80% on Metacritic based on 15 reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes 83% of critics had given the film a "fresh" rating based on 56 reviews (47 fresh, 9 rotten).

Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly gave the film an "A" and said "The opening tracking shot through a Chinese factory where 23,000 employees make most of the world's irons is a stunner."[2] The review that appeared in the Boston Globe said the film "begs to be hung on the wall, studied, absorbed, and learned from" and also "Taken as a whole, Manufactured Landscapes is a mesmerizing work of visual oncology, a witness to a cancer that's visible only at a distance but entwined with the DNA of everything we buy and everywhere we shop."[3] Ken Fox of TV Guide gave the film four stars and said "Jennifer Baichwal's important, disquieting documentary offers the strongest reminder since Born into Brothels that art can serve a crucial, consciousness raising purpose.[4] Kenneth Baker of the San Francisco Chronicle said "the viewer soon realizes that [Baichwal] shares Burtynsky's astonishment and concern over the scale, tempo and irreversibility of postmodern humanity's global frenzy of production and consumption", and also that the film "leaves its audience with many troubling questions."[5] Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune praised the opening shot, but said "the rest of director Baichwal's picture feels constrained and rather dutiful, no matter how passionate these people are about what they're observing."[6]

Ella Taylor of LA Weekly named it the 2nd best film of 2007 (tying with The Host), and Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal named it the 8th best film of 2007.[7]


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