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Wheel of Ashes (1968)

Not Rated | | Drama | 24 February 1971 (France)
After experiencing a wild life of sordidness, the young Pierre decides to quit this chaotic world, trading it for a search for inner peace and getting closer to God. During this quest, he's... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Clémenti ... Pierre
Katinka Bo Katinka Bo ... Anka
Pierre Besançon Pierre Besançon ... David
Richard Leblanc Richard Leblanc ... Pierre's Mind (voice)
Juliet Berto ... Girl Playing Pinball 1
David Allen David Allen
Elaine Branger Elaine Branger
Karin Bogh Karin Bogh
Marika Perioli Marika Perioli
Birgitta Hamau Birgitta Hamau
Michelle Passadore Michelle Passadore
Raymond Raymond
Leonike Woerdman Leonike Woerdman
Colette Colette
Richard Stewart Richard Stewart
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After experiencing a wild life of sordidness, the young Pierre decides to quit this chaotic world, trading it for a search for inner peace and getting closer to God. During this quest, he's followed by a girl from Denmark, of whom he becomes friend for a while. However, Pierre isn't close to reach his spiritual enlightenment, since he's still tormented by visions, vivid dreams and strange hallucinations. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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24 February 1971 (France) See more »

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Sixties Capsule
8 March 2015 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

Slightly more interesting than Peter Emanuel Goldman's previous surviving feature (the overpraised "Echoes of Silence"), this one mixes a bit of Herman Hesse, Ingmar Bergman and Jean-Luc Godard, with worries that would also appear prominently in the early films of Woody Allen: God, sex, family (or lack of)... For 95 minutes we follow Pierre, the alter ego of director Goldman, through the streets of Paris, meeting everybody from actors Judith Malina and Sean Flynn to sculptor David Medalla, from actress Juliet Berto and jazz poet Ted Joans to guru Swami Ritajananda, after he leaves David (Pierre Besançon), his friend and lover, when the call of women's bodies is too strong to ignore. But soon he also rejects his girlfriend Anka (Katinka Bo, Goldman's wife) and locks himself up in a poky, dirty room, while reflecting on a few steps to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Replacing Laurent Terzieff (who had to turn down the role because of a previous commitment), the "little prince of the counter-culture", Pierre Clémenti, whose presence was always used to suggest something crazy, quirky, dirty or transcendental, is the center of the whole business, but he is not enough to sustain this too-long reflection on untidy isolation in search of interior wisdom.


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