Ron Fricke is a world-famous cinematographer whose breathtaking work speaks to the power of visual cinema. My favorite of his films is Baraka, which doesn’t include any audio yet manages to tell the story of the history of humanity through breathtaking visuals. What strikes me about his work is his use of repetition.
He also uses time lapses as a means to create pace and rhythm. Few of Ron’s shots are “real time” many are slowed down or sped up. I felt that Baraka and the earlier iterations are a testament to the visual power of cinema. There are no words. But there is no need. His meaning is clear, enticing, and powerful.
Note: The actual film doesn’t have narration, unfortunately the trailer does.