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Hermann Hesse (novel)
Conrad Rooks (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
1 January 1974 (Sweden) See more »
The story of a young Indian who embarks upon a journey to find the meaning of existence. Based on the novel by Hermann Hesse. | Add synopsis »
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For the beauty of it See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order)
Shashi Kapoor ... Siddhartha
Simi Garewal ... Kamala
Romesh Sharma ... Govinda
Pinchoo Kapoor ... Kamaswami (as Pincho Kapoor)
Zul Vellani ... Vasudeva
Amrik Singh ... Father
Kunal Kapoor ... Son
Shanti Hiranand ... Mother
The Holy Sadhus of Rishikesh ... Himself

Directed by
Conrad Rooks 
Writing credits
Hermann Hesse (novel)

Conrad Rooks (written for the screen by)

Natasha Ullman (associate writer) &
Paul Mayersberg (associate writer)

Produced by
David McKibben .... executive producer
Conrad Rooks .... producer
Original Music by
Hemanta Mukherjee  (as Hemant Kumar)
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Willy Kemplen 
Art Direction by
Malcolm Golding 
Costume Design by
Bhanu Athaiya  (as Bhanu)
Makeup Department
Jeel .... hairdresser
Nath .... assistant makeup artist
Shyam .... assistant makeup artist (as Shayam)
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
Vasant .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
David McKibben .... production manager
Sound Department
Norman Brown .... sound recordist
Dave Maiden .... dubbing mixer (as David Maiden)
John Poyner .... sound editor
Patrick Starling .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Forsberg .... camera operator
Chitrangada Krishna .... still photographer
Charlie Nykvist .... still photographer
O.P. Sharma .... still photographer
Björn Thermænius .... focus puller (as Bjorn Thermaenius)
Edward Tucker .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gajanand .... dresser
Editorial Department
Peter Davies .... assistant editor
Music Department
Gauri Prasanna Mazumder .... lyricist: Indian songs (as Gouriprasanna)
Hemanta Mukherjee .... singer: Indian music (as Hemant Kumar)
Other crew
Kay Fenton .... continuity
Bunny Reuben .... publicist
Oslyn Shrieves .... production secretary
Biki Oberoi .... producer wishes to thank for the many kindnesses

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89 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Germany:6 | Netherlands:AL | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:A (cut) | USA:R

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
For the beauty of it, 11 May 2000
Author: ( from Taipei

I used to love Hermann Hesse and this book in my teens. Still, I love this film, even because I consider it to be a very appropriate filming.

Hesse's characters are mostly soul-searchers wandering around in rather artificial surroundings - which is true in the case of this timeless, ancient India. As he is prone to put all the meaning into lengthy, philosophical dialogues, this makes him utterly difficult to turn into film.

This film manages to capture both: the artificiality of the setting as well as the philosophical sincereness - plus that certain naive sense of beauty that makes Hesse so appealing and disgusting at once. A good deal of the films success is due to Sven Nykvist's marvellous camera work, done mostly with natural light. (The few scenes with set light are awful.) The beauty of the landscapes is not only the superficial one of a postcard, but the philosophical one that tells you that a beautiful world is essentially a good, complete, happy world: a world in which you can afford to completely focus on your personal search for meaning and spirituality. Well, personally I don't believe this, but this movie had me suspending my belief for 90 minutes. What a comforting experience.

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