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Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard (2006)

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In his first public interview in more than a decade, pop culture icon of the 1970s and 80s, Werner Erhard breaks his long silence about his ideas, his life and his controversial program "... See full summary »

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In his first public interview in more than a decade, pop culture icon of the 1970s and 80s, Werner Erhard breaks his long silence about his ideas, his life and his controversial program "est"that became "the thing" to do among celebrities and middle America and fueled today's multi-billion dollar personal growth industry. With exclusive and rare footage, you'll step inside controversial est seminars, hear provocative interviews with participants, family members, and experts. Viewers will be very surprised to learn how Erhard's transformational ideas are still in the mainstream today-in our language, advertising campaigns and in personal growth seminars yet few people know its origin. Written by Robyn Symon

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"Culture icon and the founder of est pulls back the curtain on his life, his ideas and what forced him to leave the country." See more »


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Disguised As A Documentary
1 June 2008 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Who's kidding whom? And why not just call it a tribute to Werner, as it is just another feeble attempt to salvage his reputation from the cultural scrap-heap. The inclusion of critics or criticism is just another pretense to appease the doubters who might seek a "balanced" or "inclusive" report on the sleazy self-help guru who "took the low road," by his own admission. It must just kill his worshipful fans that the world views their hero as a sneaky snake-oil salesman. I wonder if we are in for a reissue of "Today Is For The Championship," which was his own creation and attempt for entry into the film documentation of his triumphs as an adherent of his own philosophy and as a race-car driver. Now that might be interesting, if for no other reason than that it would provide evidence of the outer limits of his quirky uber-egotistical quests and dismal failure of his "technology" in the real world.


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