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Mahatma: Life of Gandhi, 1869-1948 (1968)

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My Rating: 9
12 February 2016 | by (Bulgaria) – See all my reviews

Although it presents a purely historical events in the life of Gandhi, this film introduces us to the exceptional amount of archival footage, recorded both - much of his life and an important period of human, contemporary history.

The very personality of the protagonist of the film deserves tons of written text. His profound wisdom, his childish humility, pure-heart desires for India and all humanity to live in nonviolence - peace, community, conflict-free, are not common virtues in people. Furthermore, gathered in one human being is rare event, which is unlikely to be repeated soon afterwards. The life of Mahatma (e.g. a great soul) Gandhi raises inspiration in people like Charlie Chaplin, Romain Rolland and Albert Einstein. Gandhi himself is trying to prevent the first events of World War II, writing letters to Mussolini and Hitler asking them to follow his peaceful way. But alas, the monsters do not have ears to hear his appeal.

"My life is my message," said Gandhi. We do not see anything different from the historical footage of this documentary to which every self-respecting humanist should devote five hours - a rare length of a film strip.

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