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Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979)

G.I. Gurdjieff is a spiritual teacher and mystic who, after a lifetime study, developed a form of meditation incorporating modern dance.

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Peter Brook
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dragan Maksimovic Dragan Maksimovic ... G.I. Gurdjieff
Terence Stamp ... Prince Lubovedsky
Mikica Dimitrijevic Mikica Dimitrijevic ... Young Gurdjieff
Athol Fugard ... Professor Skridlov
Warren Mitchell ... Gurdjieff's Father
Fahro Konjhodzic Fahro Konjhodzic ... Soloviev
David Markham David Markham ... Dean Borsh
Natasha Parry ... Vitvitskaia
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ... Yelov
Colin Blakely ... Tamil (as Colin Blakeley)
Grégoire Aslan ... Armenian Priest / Le prêtre arménien
Tom Fleming Tom Fleming ... Father Giovanni
Andrew Keir ... Head of Sarmoung Monastery
Sami Tahasuni Sami Tahasuni ... Bogga Eddin
Fabijan Sovagovic Fabijan Sovagovic ... Dervish
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Storyline

The story of G.I. Gurdjieff and his travels to achieve enlightenment and inner growth. Beginning with his childhood, the movie follows his journeys through Central Asia as he discovers new levels of spirituality through music, dance and near-encounters with death. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Gardijeff's search for hidden knowledge

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Encontro Com Homens Notáveis See more »

Filming Locations:

Afghanistan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Remar See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Last theatrical film of Grégoire Aslan. See more »

Quotes

Young Gurdjieff: When we die, Father, is nothing left?
Gurdjieff's Father: [after a thoughtful pause] How should I put it? Some people say they have a soul that goes on living when we are dead, but I don't believe this... and yet I am certain beyond all doubt that through certain experiences, we can develop a very fine substance within ourselves. When we die, this substamce does not die at the same time... much later.
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Beautiful Film to see those sacred dances consciously executed
28 September 2005 | by edmarsh-1See all my reviews

It was never mentioned in the film that these dances were intended to prolong (momentary) Self-awareness in order to heighten consciousness of the dancers (not the spectators) 9 members of the Mevlevi whirling Dervishes performed similar exercises at speed moving on the lines depicted in Gurdjieff's enneagram with eyes closed at the same time as revolving without touching another. It is not generally known that a crop circle of this 9 pointed star appeared in a field in Cherhill Wiltshire UK on 17 July 1999, the centre of which illustrating the swirling spiral.

This heightened consciousness had the same effects on the participants as on psychedelic drug takers except the latter lose their self-awareness. For me this spiritual aspect of the film clashed with 'Alf Garnet' whose popularity was manifest at the time of the film release


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