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Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer (2004)

History, speculation, experimental footage, and even animation is all used to explore the impact of Carlos Castaneda's teachings of perceiving non-ordinary reality.

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Carlos Castaneda ...
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Ron Goldstein
Richard Jennings ...
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A best-selling author for 30 years, Carlos Castaneda inspired millions to break free from social dogma, fueling controversy over his work's authenticity and assertions of perceiving non-ordinary reality. Genius, guru, cult leader or fraud? No one really knows. Over three years in the making, this expose explores Castaneda's mythic impact, controversial teachings and cult following. Candid interviews coupled with innovative animation and experimental footage, offer an intense visual and intellectual experience. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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27 February 2004 (USA)  »

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$4,236 (USA) (5 March 2004)

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$94,848 (USA) (10 December 2004)
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Over 30,000 video frames were hand painted in order to remove digital artifacts caused when green-screening mini-DV footage. The process took several weeks but resulted in pristine keys few are able to achieve with similar source formats. See more »

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Carlos Castaneda: Reality of consensus is only a very small segment of the total range of what we could feel as real. If we could learn to code reality or stimuli the way a shaman does, perhaps we could elongate our range of what we call real to a different interpretation. But the only way we have to code it is as hallucination. Madness. We cannot conceive that one could do it.
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Worst episode ever!
15 July 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Having read most of Castenada's books and read many criticisms of his works I found the general theme of this documentary apt.

It is also the worst film-making I have seen. The psychedelic visuals are distracting and convey little useful information. It is as if the producer discovered a handful of effects on the mixing console and used them in the cheesiest way possible.

If you enjoyed the books at all this movie will add nothing. If you are trying to find some truth about the man, then the web is your ally. Enjoy his books for what you find in them - a bit of pithy philosophy, a lot of zen and a good yarn.


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