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Peter Brook (writer)
G.I. Gurdjieff (writer)
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Release Date:
14 November 1979 (France) See more »
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Plot:
G.I. Gurdjieff is a spiritual teacher and mystic who, after a lifetime study, developed a form of meditation incorporating modern dance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Dragan Maksimovic ... G.I. Gurdjieff

Terence Stamp ... Prince Lubovedsky
Mikica Dimitrijevic ... Young Gurdjieff
Athol Fugard ... Professor Skridlov

Warren Mitchell ... 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

Donald Sumpter ... Pogossian
Gerry Sundquist ... Karpenko
Martin Benson ... Dr. Ivanov
Bruce Purchase ... Father Maxim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kudsi Ergüner
Cimenli Fahrettin
Marius Goring
Nigel Greaves

Constantine Gregory ... Captain (as Constantin de Goguel)
Malcolm Hayes ... Teacher
Paul Henley

Ian Hogg ... Monk
Mitchell Horner
Ahmet Kutbay

Roger Lloyd Pack ... Pavlov (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
Abbas Moayeri
Oscar Peck
Alan Tilvern
Tony Vogel
Jeremy Wilkin ... Artillery Officer
Ben Zimet

Directed by
Peter Brook 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Brook  writer
G.I. Gurdjieff  writer
Jeanne Salzmann  writer

Produced by
Michael Currer-Briggs .... executive producer
Stuart Lyons .... producer
Robert Watts .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Laurence Rosenthal 
 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Taylor 
 
Film Editing by
John Jympson 
 
Production Design by
Georges Wakhévitch 
 
Set Decoration by
Malek Jahan Khazai  (as Malak Khazai)
 
Costume Design by
Malak Khazal 
 
Makeup Department
Jeanette Freeman .... (hairdressing )
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Roy Goddard .... production manager
Jean-Claude Lubtchansky .... production associate
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gus Agosti .... first assistant director
Terence Churcher .... first assistant director: second unit
Kieron Phipps .... third assistant director
Nina Soufy .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Paddy Bennett .... props
Jean Forester .... construction manager
Bill MacLaren .... construction manager
Terry Parr .... set dresser
Edward Rodrigo .... property buyer
Ian Whittaker .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound recordist
Ron Davis .... sound editor
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
Teddy Mason .... sound editor
John Salter .... boom operator
George Stephenson .... sound recordist
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Kit West .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Atherfold .... camera grip (as Ken Atherfold)
Peter Bloor .... electrician
Goeff Glover .... camera operator
Jamie Harcourt .... clapper loader
Terry Lewis .... best boy
Vic Smith .... chief electrician
Ron Taberer .... chief electrician
Ron Taberer .... gaffer
Peter Taylor .... focus puller
 
Casting Department
Maggie Cartier .... casting
Bojana Makavejev .... casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gloria Barnes .... wardrobe mistress
John Hilling .... wardrobe master
 
Editorial Department
William Webb .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Ray Freeborn .... location manager
 
Music Department
Thomas de Hartmann .... composer: additional music - selections from his works
Graham Harris .... music editor
David Hykes .... composer: song "Harmonic Opening"
Alain Kremski .... music arranger: choral
Laurence Rosenthal .... conductor
Laurence Rosenthal .... music adaptor: de Hartmann
Laurence Rosenthal .... music arranger
Laurence Rosenthal .... orchestrator
Eric Tomlinson .... music engineer
Eric Tomlinson .... music mixer
 
Other crew
Marilyn Clarke .... production coordinator
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef
Brian Gibbs .... production accountant
Olivier Laignel .... unit doctor
Robert Rietty .... dialogue supervisor
Simon Harris .... production trainee (uncredited)
 

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108 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Last theatrical film of Grégoire Aslan.See more »
Quotes:
Yelov:What are you looking for?
G.I. Gurdjieff:I want to know why I am here.
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17 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A struggle to stay awake, 30 April 2002

I echo other reviewers in their description of this as a film for those who are spiritual seekers. Others will probably find it rather slow and dull.

One of the main points of Gurdjieff's philosophy is that most people are asleep. This film depicts the effort it takes to become, and to stay, awake.

My impression is that this is a film by someone who has studied what Gurdieff said about himself and his philosophy (Try 'All and Everything' if you want to get into the details of that), but not what others have said about him. The more you get to know what those who knew him said about him, the less likely you would be to present him in such a rosy light. Frankly, he comes across as a bit of a git who used some rather naive spiritual seekers to his own ends.

I enjoyed the movie, but see it as something of a positive skimming over Gurdjieff's early years.

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