By Mary Keown
The Sudbury Star
There is a scene in Anthropocene: The Human Epoch during which a man nonchalantly jumps off the ladder of an excavator.
It is the largest excavator in the world and as the camera pans outward, you realize just how enormous this piece of equipment really is. This excavator, which resembles some kind of post-Apocalyptic nightmarish monster claw from the Mad Max films, is used in the coal mines of western Germany. It stands more than 300 feet high and 700 feet long. It weighs 45,500 tonnes and includes a dozen chassis. Reputed to be one of, if not the largest, land vehicles on earth, it is a sad testament to human innovation.
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By Patrick Mullen
Point of View Magazine
Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas de Pencier document the devastating consequences of human activity in Anthropocene. In a way, they’ve been documenting it for nearly fifteen years. Anthropocene is the third installment in the team’s epic trilogy of spectacular environmental essay films that began with Manufactured Landscapes (2006) andWatermark (2013). The latest film is the culmination of a major body of work and it’s as visually stunning and intellectually invigorating as the previous two films are. Anthropocene, admittedly, is also a film they’ve made before—although they’ve never quite made a film on such an astonishing scale as this one.
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