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The Great Year (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 28 January 2004 (USA)
The Great Year is a compelling documentary that explores the possibility that the fall of ancient civilizations around the globe, and the rise of modern civilization, might be related to ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Brother Achalananda Brother Achalananda ... Self / Senior Monk / Self-Realization Fellowship Order
Werner Däppen Werner Däppen ... Self / Prof. of Physics & Astronomy U.S.C.
Uwe Homann Uwe Homann ... Self / Author & Theorist / Sirius Research Group
Charles Howerton ... H.G. Wells
Harvey Jason ... Sri Yukteswar
James Earl Jones ... Narrator
Alice B. Kehoe Alice B. Kehoe ... Self / Prof. of Anthropology / Ret. Marquette University
Ronald Mellor Ronald Mellor ... Self / Prof. of Ancient History U.C.L.A. (as Ronald J. Mellor)
Victor Raider-Wexler ... Archimedes
John Anthony West John Anthony West ... Self / Author and Egyptologist


The Great Year is a compelling documentary that explores the possibility that the fall of ancient civilizations around the globe, and the rise of modern civilization, might be related to our Sun's motion around a companion star. The film examines evidence that ancient civilizations may have known of this celestial cycle and that our Sun may indeed display the characteristics of binary motion. Written by Geoff Patino

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In the distant past, it was believed that the movement of the stars guided the rise and fall of human civilization. How much did the ancients really know?




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Scientific concepts were developed by the Binary Research Institute Karl-Heinz Homann and Vince Dayes, based on the work of Sri Yukteswar. See more »


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Words and Music by Pete Seeger
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A great documentary that espouses a scientific theory to explain the rise & fall of civilizations!
30 April 2012 | by vaibhavphadnisSee all my reviews

I have been deeply interested in this topic, and don't hesitate in saying that the documentary does a remarkable job of both establishing the fact that civilizations rise & fall in cyclical manner, and proposing a very plausible scientific theory to explain it! The documentary has enough proof points that show that our past civilizations knew much more than we commonly believe. It also does a great job of simplifying what is a very complex scientific theory. The graphic illustrations surely help. I feel that one aspect the documentary could do a better job of elaborating on the final connection between the motion of our Solar System, and rise & fall of man's consciousness: that by virtue of its motion around the dual Star, our Solar System (supposedly) periodically passes through an area of space that has stronger electromagnetic fields, which then has a positive effect on man's capacity to comprehend...

This is clearly explained by the writer of this documentary (Walter Cruttenden) in his book on the same topic: "The Lost Star - of myth & time".

After reading the book, I got even more clarity on the theory of the dual star, and am hoping they are able to "find" the Star, and also conclusively prove the connection with the rise & fall of civilizations :-).

Absolutely loved the documentary, and strongly suggest reading the book if really interested in it!

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