The experience shared by four first-timers demonstrates how Burning Man dissolves the barriers between races, nationalities and economic classes. A beautiful piece of film-making which inspires and entertains as it provides some understanding about why people return year after year.
This incoherent documentary about the annual Burning Man arts festival in the northern Nevada desert makes the fatal flaw of cinematically imitating the anarchistic spirit of the event it observes. The 10-day festival, which draws over 25,000 people annually to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, where they create and then disassemble a temporary city, is a kind of modern-day Woodstock festival with a new-age, survivalist, environmentally sensitive aesthetic. There is no narrator, and the structure that exists is clouded by the new-age mumbo-jumbo of eight principal commentators. — Stephen Holden
2004-02-27 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Confessions of a Burning Man