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Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer (2004)

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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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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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Controversial Author. Global Phenomenon. Godfather of the New Age Movement. See more »





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27 February 2004 (USA)  »

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


$94,848 (USA) (10 December 2004)

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Daniel C. Noel: These books made the reader into an apprentice. And just like Carlos was presented as being an apprentice to don Juan, the reader is an apprentice to the writing of Castaneda.
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What a Trip!
6 February 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I like documentaries as a whole. I appreciate what goes into making them and the artistic qualities too. So I went with some friends to see this at their request. They read Carlos Castaneda's books, but I have not. So I didn't know what to expect. They tried to tell me about him and his literature and historical significance. After having seen this documentary, I must say that this was a complete trip! I totally enjoyed how since Castaneda was first on the scene in the hippie, free love era of the psychedelic sixties, the director captures this era perfectly. He does so with the use of extraordinary backgrounds behind the people speaking. He got some followers to speak as well as other authors and it was so intriguing. Usually, documentaries are cookie-cutter by nature; telling the facts: born this date, did this, accomplished this and died on this date. But this doc didn't follow that outline. The director wanted to focus on the pros and cons of the man and his teachings. Pretty much leaving the audience to think and make up their own ideas. It certainly made me go out and buy his books. Kudos! Highly recommend.

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