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Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979)

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G.I. Gurdjieff is a spiritual teacher and mystic who, after a lifetime study, developed a form of meditation incorporating modern dance.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dragan Maksimovic ...
G.I. Gurdjieff
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Prince Lubovedsky
Mikica Dimitrijevic ...
Young Gurdjieff
Athol Fugard ...
Professor Skridlov
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Gurdjieff's Father
Fahro Konjhodzic ...
Soloviev
David Markham ...
Dean Borsh
Natasha Parry ...
Vitvitskaia
Bruce Myers ...
Yelov
Colin Blakely ...
Tamil (as Colin Blakeley)
Grégoire Aslan ...
Armenian Priest / Le prêtre arménien
Tom Fleming ...
Father Giovanni
Andrew Keir ...
Head of Sarmoung Monastery
Sami Tahasuni ...
Bogga Eddin
Fabijan Sovagovic ...
Dervish
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The story of G.I. Gurdjieff and his travels to achieve enlightenment and inner growth. Beginning with his childhood, the movie follows his journeys through Central Asia as he discovers new levels of spirituality through music, dance and near-encounters with death. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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14 November 1979 (France)  »

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Gurdjeff: Begegnungen mit bemerkenswerten Menschen  »

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Last theatrical film of Grégoire Aslan. See more »

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Young Gurdjieff: When we die, Father, is nothing left?
Gurdjieff's Father: [after a thoughtful pause] How should I put it? Some people say they have a soul that goes on living when we are dead, but I don't believe this... and yet I am certain beyond all doubt that through certain experiences, we can develop a very fine substance within ourselves. When we die, this substamce does not die at the same time... much later.
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Lacks poetry and cinematic magic
3 January 2005 | by (Vancouver, B.C.) – See all my reviews

Based on the autobiographical book of the same name, Peter Brooks' Meetings With Remarkable Men is the story of the early years of Russian philosopher and magician George Gurdjieff and the people that led him to become a spiritual seeker and an inspiration to devoted followers around the world. Filmed in the mountains and deserts of Afghanistan, a Russian Prince (Terrence Stamp) directs Gurdjieff (Dragan Maksimovic) and a group of seekers to search for the teachings of an ancient Russian brotherhood called the Sarmound. The adventure leads them through the Gobi Desert and the Himalayas to a monastery where Gurdjieff learns self-expression through dancing and body movement, a technique he taught his followers many years later.

If enlightenment means anything, it means to "lighten up", but this bio-pic of Gurdjieff's coming of age is heavy and significant, reducing the life of a man of exuberance to ponderous banality. The characters walk zombie-like through their lines, never allowing any hint of joy in being alive and the stilted dialogue sounds like a cross between the spiritual kitsch of Lost Horizon and Star Wars. Filming this outstanding book, I'm afraid, requires a visionary who is able to convey its meaning with suggestion, poetry, and a touch of cinematic magic -- sadly lacking here.


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