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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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Ralph Torjan

Writer:

Ralph Torjan

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Credited cast:
Carlos Castaneda Carlos Castaneda ... Himself
Peter Coyote ... (voice)
Robert J. Feldman ... Himself
Ron Goldstein Ron Goldstein
Richard Jennings Richard Jennings ... Himself
Amy Wallace Amy Wallace ... Herself
Melissa Ward Melissa Ward ... Herself
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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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,236, 5 March 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$94,848, 12 December 2004
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Sirius Bandits See more »
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Color
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It took over 240 hours to render the film from start to finish. In total, the film occupies over 1.4 terabytes of hard drive space. See more »

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Robert Feldman: I really believe he became so close with his own teachings, that he wanted to burn from within and go join don Juan, even if that was a fictitious person that he made up.
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Worst episode ever!
15 July 2007 | by stevenj-8See 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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